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New Ronald McDonald House planned for site next to Lambeth Palace

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Plans for new accommodation for families of children being treated at the Evelina London Children's Hospital have been revealed.

Around the world Ronald McDonald House charities – backed by the fast food chain – provide accommodation for the families of patients at children's hospitals.

Last year McDonald's UK customers donated £3.1 million to the charities using collection boxes found in every restaurant.

The existing 20-bedroom Ronald McDonald House in SE1 is located at Guy's Hospital where the Evelina London Children's Hospital was situated before it moved to the St Thomas' Hospital campus in 2005.

Plans for Ronald McDonald House to move closer to the Evelina were included in the controversial Founder's Place scheme which was approved by the then communities secretary Hazel Blears in 2007 before being abandoned by Guy's and St Thomas' Charity in 2010.

Now proposals for a 59-bedroom Ronald McDonald House to the south of Archbishop's Park have been announced.

The new hostel will occupy the site of Brian Creamer House, currently a hall of residence for students of King's College London, which is situated close to Lambeth Palace and to the north of Lambeth Road.

AEW Architects have designed the four-storey building which will replace the existing Brian Creamer House.

King's College London is also selling the adjacent St Mary's Rectory, also a hall of residence, for an estimated £3 million.

• Plans are on display in Archbishop's Park on Tuesday 17 July from 12 noon to 8pm.
• See full details at

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