Oriel is a joint initiative between Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Charity. Together, we will relocate all services at Moorfields Eye Hospital on City Road and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology on Bath Street, to a new, integrated facility on part of the St Pancras Hospital site.


Sight loss is an increasing problem. By 2050 it’s estimated that four million people will be living with sight loss in the UK. Innovation and technology offer new possibilities for treatments and cures, but we need the right facilities.

Oriel will 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.

Harnessing all our expertise under one roof in a new fit-for-purpose centre will enable closer collaboration between clinicians and researchers to speed up the delivery of treatments and therapies for patients – ultimately helping us work together to discover, develop and deliver the best eye care sustainably and at scale.

Construction has started and we plan to open the centre in 2027. Visit our dedicated Oriel website to learn more.

Oriel breaks ground

On 11 July 2023 we hosted a breaking ground ceremony on the Oriel site to officially mark the start of construction. Read our news story on breaking ground.

Prior to breaking ground, six buildings on the Oriel site were demolished. The foundations for our 10-storey, 47,000 sq. m, centre are now being laid. The new centre will be located in the heart of the Knowledge Quarter, an internationally renowned hub for science and innovation.

View timelapse footage of the demolition. 

Oriel timeline

 A jpeg version of this timeline can be downloaded here. 


Moorfields Eye Hospital, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Charity joint partnership established

Site search and negotiation

Strategic outlines cases approved


RIBA design competition launched

Options agreement signed

Preparation of outline business cases


Design team appointed

NHS service public consultation

Preparation of outline business cases


Commissioners approve NHS service relocation

Planning application submitted

NHS outline business case approved


UCL outline and full business cases approved

Camden resolution to grant planning permission received

Building design

Preferred purchaser confirmed for City Road Island site


NHS full business case submission for approvals

Site enabling works

Technical design


Main construction commences

Breaking ground

Technical design


Technical design complete

Construction continues


Construction continues

Topping out milestone


Preparation for relocation


New centre opens



Last updated: 18th August 2023