Construction starts on £17m UCL building for neuroscience research

The University College London (UCL) Brain Sciences Faculty has announced work has began to build a brand-new research facility, that brings clinicians, scientists, and patients under one roof. 

The project represents a collaboration between the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, the UK Dementia Research Institute and the UCLH National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. Development of the land has been ongoing since July last year and in spring of this year demolishment of the Levy Wing, Sussex Wing and Victoria Wing was completed. The work is set to be completed by mid 2024, and will be located at 256 Gray’s Inn Road in London.  

A range of donors lent their support to the project which include the Wolfson Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, Brain Research UK, and the National Brain Appeal, among others. 

ISG is tasked with constructing the state of the art and the site will measure 17,500m2 in area and will welcome more than 500 neurological researchers through its doors.  

Prof Michael Hanna, Director UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, said: “The technologically advanced research environment we are building will boost our progress in understanding disease mechanisms and translating our knowledge into new therapies for neurological disease”  

Hawkins Brown designed the building and is the lead architect of the project, artistic impressions of the new building are available here.  

The UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology will remain, and will act as a “dual hub” for neurological research in partnership with the new building.  

Dr Adrian Ivinson, from the UK Dementia Research Institute, added: “The unique collaborative core set up in the new building echoes our ethos. Our hub is at UCL and this new home will allow us to go even further in sharing ideas and knowledge, so we can generate new thinking & accelerate progress”