Background

Oriel is our exciting proposal to design, build and operate a new, purpose-built centre of excellence for eye care, research and education. It is a joint venture between Moorfields Eye Hospital, UCL and Moorfields Eye Charity. Together, we are working to relocate all services at Moorfields Eye Hospital on City Road and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology (IoO) on Bath Street, to a new, integrated facility at our preferred site at St Pancras Hospital.

Our vision for Oriel is to create an environment for innovation to flourish, inspiring improvements in people’s sight. The new facility will be flexible and modern, enabling us to bring together healthcare, eye research and education for the first time.

We want to build our new facility on a two acre section of land at St Pancras Hospital. We chose this site as it is within the North East London Sector. It is also close to the excellent transport links of Kings Cross and St Pancras International. Our new centre would also be nearby other important health and research institutes such as UCLH, Great Ormond Street Hospital, UCL and the new Francis Crick Institute, making Oriel part of an emerging scientific hub. Our commissioners are leading a formal consultation on our proposal in 2019, so patients, residents, staff and members of the public will have an opportunity to have their say.

Oriel is about more than a building. It will allow greater interaction between patients, clinicians and researchers by removing the physical barriers that currently exist and creating an environment where innovation can flourish. We believe this will reduce the time taken to implement new treatments and therapies and increase the number of patients taking part in clinical trials, inspiring improvements in people’s sight.

Oriel project timeline from 2011 to 2026 when the proposed new facility is due to open for patients

We are excited to announce that AECOM with Penoyre & Prasad and White Arkitekter have been appointed to design Oriel - our 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. 

The AECOM-led team will now be working closely with the 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. We will keep our patients, members, local residents and other stakeholders regularly updated as this exciting project progresses.

For more information please contact the Oriel team.

For more information about UCL IoO click here

For more information about Moorfields Eye Charity click here.

Last updated: 12th March 2019