There are plans in place to modernise a Victorian community hospital in Cornwall that is one of the oldest NHS buildings in the country.

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has applied to install a temporary healthcare building to help modernise and upgrade the Victorian block of Camborne and Redruth Community Hospital (CRCH) at Barncoose, Redruth.

A planning application states that the majority of the estate portfolio is in the top ten oldest NHS estates in the country.

The Victorian part of the community hospital requires significant refurbishment. A structural report has identified that components of the building have sustained significant damage and deterioration due to damp and mould. It is likely that much of the structural timber will need to be replaced.

The upgrade works will provide necessary fire remediation work required to bring the Hayman Ward back into operation, meeting up-to-date fire safety requirements. To enable these much-needed works a modular ward is needed on the CRCH campus.


Where the new building would be craned in at Camborne and Redruth Community Hospital (Pic: Cornwall Council)

Where the new building would be craned in at Camborne and Redruth Community Hospital (Pic: Cornwall Council)


The new temporary building is designed using off-site modular construction to shorten construction time and minimise disruption on site.

The building would arrive on site as separate modules which will be craned into position. It will link to the existing building and provide a direct route from the ambulance drop-off.

For more information see planning application PA23/10045 on Cornwall Council's website via the planning portal.

All planning applications submitted to the council have to be validated and are available for inspection by the public. Anyone is also allowed to submit comments about the applications – whether in support or objection.

The majority of applications are decided by planning officers at the council under delegated powers. However, some applications will go before elected councillors who sit on planning committees.

No dates has been set for when this planning application will be determined.