St Clement's Hospital

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St. Clements Hospital

St Clements Hospital was a mental health hospital in Mile End, in the East End of London. It closed in 2005.


The buildings were originally built in 1848-49 as a workhouse, for the Board of Guardians of the City of London Union.

The palatial design was by architect Richard Tress and cost over £55,000 to construct, boasted central heating, a dining- hall measuring 100 feet by 50 feet, Siberian marble pillars, and a chapel with stained glass windows and a new organ. It became an infirmary for the CLU in 1874, and in 1912 the Bow Institution for the long-term sick. In 1936 it became a psychiatric unit, under the St Clement's name again. It became part of the London Hospital in 1968 and went through various organisational changes until closure in 2005. Services were transferred to a new Adult Mental Health Facility at Mile End Hospital in October 2005. [1]

Following its closure the site was transferred from the NHS to English Partnerships, then to the Homes and Communities Agency, and eventually the Greater London Authority, who in 2011 took the site to market so that it could be sold and redeveloped. In June 2012 it was announced that St Clements would become London's first Community Land Trust, with the East London Community Land Trust[2] working in partnership with Linden Homes (Galliford Try) and Peabody Housing Trust to bring the scheme forward.

In August 2013 St Clement's was reopened to the public for the first time as the site of Shuffle Festival, a community festival showing films curated by Danny Boyle. There was also an art exhibition, music, live projections and a 'Day of the Mind' - an alternative fête day with installations by artists and scientists exploring ideas about mental health. The Day of the Mind was free to the public and supported by the Wellcome Trust. The Arts Council and Canary Wharf Group also provided support for the festival. In December 2013 Shuffle returned as the Winter Shuffle, with an extended programme of art, film, storytelling, theatre, music and science from 5–15 December.

Construction officially started in March 2014, with the Mayor of London Boris Johnson breaking ground on the site.

Future sales of housing[edit]

The cost of the homes within the Community Land Trust will not be based upon the open market rate but rather linked to the average mean salaries in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The formula is reapplied every time a house within the Trust is sold, creating what organisers describe as "truly and permanently affordable housing".[3]

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