Moorfields Eye Hospital proposed new eye care centre

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, UCL and Moorfields Eye Charity are pleased to announce that AECOM with Penoyre & Prasad and White Arkitekter have been appointed to design their proposed new centre for eye care, research and education.

This appointment follows a comprehensive, six-month long competition process led by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

David Probert, Chief Executive of Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said:“It was a privilege to be on the evaluation panel of the five shortlisted design teams for Oriel. The quality of all entries was extremely high. AECOM’s award-winning team was selected due to its exemplary innovation and creativity, outstanding design quality, and previous experience in delivering health, research and education facilities across the UK.”

It has been a huge few months for this innovative and exciting project, with Moorfields recently securing a substantial amount of funding from the Department of Health and Social Care.  I look forward to working with AECOM, Penoyre & Prasad and White Arkitekter as this project progresses.” 

Dale Sinclair, Director of Technical Practice – Europe, Middle East and Africa from AECOM said:“AECOM is excited to be leading this experienced team of architects, engineers and specialists, who have a collective track record of delivering high-quality healthcare environments across the world. Together with Penoyre & Prasad and White Arkitekter we will work with the joint partners, patients and staff to design a world-class facility that will help shape the future of eye care, research and education.”

“Our design for the proposed facility is focused on maximising collaboration and knowledge exchange, with an ‘oriel’ at the building’s centre enabling greater interaction between patients, clinicians and researchers. The facility’s public spaces would create a new urban realm that will connect seamlessly with the ongoing renaissance of the King’s Cross area of London.”

The AECOM-led team will now be working closely with Oriel’s project team to produce concept designs for this proposed new facility. Staff and patients will have opportunities in the coming months to input on these initial design elements. This work will inform the project’s upcoming Outline Business Case.

Oriel is a joint proposal from Moorfields Eye Hospital, UCL and Moorfields Eye Charity to relocate all services from Moorfields Eye Hospital on City Road and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology on Bath Street to a new, purpose built facility at a preferred site at St Pancras Hospital. This proposal will be subject to a public consultation with patients, families, carers and our local communities.

This new facility would bring together clinical care, research and education expertise in one flexible, fully integrated facility, while being focused on patients and attracting and retaining the best clinicians, scientists and educators.  

In 2019, Camden CCG will lead a public consultation on the relocation of NHS services from Moorfields Eye Hospital to the proposed new site.

If approved, the new facility could be open to patients in 2025/26.