Report to explore new uses for derelict London nursing home

by Hannah Murdoch

A long-derelict former North London nursing home could soon be put to new use.

The company inherited the vacant Marie Foster site in Barnet in April 2013, and is keen to see the site put back into use.

Local firm North London Estate Partnerships has been appointed to carry out a feasibility study, which will look into all the potential options for the site including housing and healthcare provision.

Tony Griffiths, NHS Property Services Regional Director for London, said: “It is too early to say how the Marie Foster site will be redeveloped, but we look forward to seeing the options North London Estate Partnerships comes back to us with following the feasibility study.

“This site has stood empty since 2011, and we know local people are as committed as we are to seeing it put to good use, whether that is for healthcare, housing, or other appropriate development options.”

The Wood Street site currently houses a three-storey nursing home and single-storey former inpatient unit, both of which are vacant. These buildings are subject to a number of security measures including live-in property guardians to deter trespassers.

The feasibility study will analyse every possible option for the site, including whether to retain or demolish the current buildings.