Angle Property and Fiera Real Estate provide former MoD facility to NHS for 300-bed emergency hospital

Hospital ward

Angle Property, backed by its funding partner Fiera Real Estate, has made its Headley Court property in Surrey available to the NHS to meet their current needs. 

Angle has worked with the NHS and Surrey County Council to recommission the facility within three weeks to transform it into a temporary community hospital as part of the NHS coronavirus capacity strategy. 

The former military rehabilitation centre was acquired by two funds managed by Fiera in May 2019 after the MoD relocated, and is currently being brought forward for a mixture of housing and care facilities to create both new jobs and to meet the housing needs of the local community.

Headley Court has been provided to the NHS on a no cost, rent-free basis for the next six months, to help meet the local needs for health care facilities. The former medical buildings will be recommissioned to create a fully equipped temporary hospital, as well as on-site staff accommodation. The facility for up to 300 beds provides care and support for patients who are recovering from Covid-19 and who no longer need care in an acute hospital, or those who have Covid-19 and can no longer cope with their symptoms at home. The facility will be ready to welcome its first patients from 4 May.

The creation of the temporary hospital highlights a desire by both Angle and Fiera to support local communities during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the core principle of delivering back to society across a wide range of environmental and social areas.

Anthony Williamson, managing director of Angle Property, comments: “As soon as the scale of the coronavirus became apparent it was obvious that our Headley Court property had the potential to offer additional hospital capacity.  It has been fantastic to work in partnership with both the NHS and SCC to achieve such a rapid transformation.”

Alex Price, chief executive of Fiera Real Estate, adds: “We are proud to be able to play our part in helping the NHS to meet the challenges it faces today. It’s fitting that a facility that has helped those who serve our country can once again serve the country and the local community. Whilst our longer-term plans remain to deliver much needed housing and jobs, right now we want to help whenever and wherever we can.”

The two Fiera funds that jointly acquired Headley Court were the Residential Land Partnership, run by Fiera Real Estate in association with Schroders Real Estate and the Fiera Real Estate Opportunity Fund IV UK, a programmatic venture series with CBRE Global Investment Partners.

Senior responsible officer for Surrey Heartlands, Dr Claire Fuller, says: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all partners who are involved in getting this facility up and running as quickly as possible. This represents a fantastic example of the cross-collaboration between public and private sector partners across Surrey, and the willingness of people to work together in the face of an unprecedented public health emergency.” 

Karen Thorburn, who has been leading this part of the project on behalf of the local NHS adds: “We would like to say a particular thank you to Anthony Williamson of Angle Property, the current land owner of Headley Court, for his willingness to work with us on this project, without whom this wouldn’t have been possible.”

Chief executive of Epsom and St Helier, Daniel Elkeles, says: “Over the past three weeks, this facility has been completely transformed.  This has taken a huge amount of planning and hard work from multiple teams, but we are determined to do everything we can to stop the spread of Covid-19 and to ensure our patients have the very best chance of recovery.  On behalf of our patients and staff, I would like to say a huge thank you to Anthony Williamson of Angle Property for allowing us to use this facility and undertake such significant work on the site.”