Moorfields Eye Hospital and UCL launch design competition for new joint facility

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) on behalf of Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, UCL and Moorfields Eye Charity have today launched a competition calling for multi-disciplinary design teams for a new joint eye care, research and education facility.

It is proposed that all services provided at Moorfields Eye Hospital on City Road and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology on Bath Street will relocate to this new, integrated building on a preferred site at St Pancras Hospital.

David Probert, chief executive at Moorfields Eye Hospital said: “The launch of this RIBA led design competition is an exciting step forward in our proposal to relocate our City Road services to a new, state-of-the-art, integrated facility for eye research, education and care with our project partners.”

“We want to create a new, flexible and modern facility to enable us to continue to deliver the best eye care to our patients and to attract and retain the very best ophthalmic scientists, educators and clinicians in the world.” - David Probert, chief executive at Moorfields Eye Hospital.

Alan Thompson, Dean of the Faculty of Brain Sciences at UCL said: “World class research and education facilities are essential in developing new treatments, interventions and technologies that will improve patient, student and staff outcomes.”

“A new facility that integrates eye care, research and education in a single building will drive innovation and invention, and encourage ground-breaking research into eye health.”

 

 

Robert Dufton, chief executive at Moorfields Eye Charity said: “Moorfields Eye Charity’s key priority is raising money to help Moorfields and UCL provide the best possible care for its patients; to educate the researchers and clinicians of tomorrow; and to support leading edge research that aims to develop new treatments for eye disease.”

“Philanthropy has played an essential role throughout Moorfields Eye Hospital’s 200 year history. Along with our partners at UCL, we are committed to continuing this important work to secure the philanthropic support to fund this essential facility, which will improve patient outcomes and increase opportunities to develop eye research and education.”  

Architects and design teams have until 13 July 2018 to complete and submit the Selection Questionnaire. Teams will then be shortlisted, and invited to produce a preliminary design of what this new facility could look like.

If approved, it is currently planned that the new facility could be open to patients in 2024/25.

To view the detailed design brief, visit the RIBA competition website here.

Notes to editors

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is a world-leading provider of eye care services in the UK. We provide a wide range of clinical services, caring for patients in over 30 locations in and around London to provide expert treatment closer to patients’ homes. We also operate commercial divisions that provide care to private patients in both London and the Middle East. With our academic partner, the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, we are recognised as a leading centre of excellence in eye research and education. To find out more go to: www.moorfields.nhs.uk

UCL Institute of Ophthalmology is one of a number of specialised biomedical research centres within UCL.  We conduct cutting-edge science, attracting research workers of the highest international calibre. In recognition of the Institute’s international standing, the most recent HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) Research Evaluation Framework exercise confirmed the outstanding quality of research carried out at the Institute.  According to the 2017 Centre for World University Rankings, UCL is the best place in the world to study ophthalmology. For further information go to: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioo/

Moorfields Eye Charity supports the work of Moorfields Eye Hospital and its research partner, the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, making a difference for patients at the hospital and for people with sight problems around the world. It provides grants and raises money to help the hospital provide the best possible care for its patients, educate the researchers and clinicians of tomorrow and support leading-edge research that aims to develop new treatments for blinding diseases. To find out more go to: www.moorfieldseyecharity.org.uk

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a global professional membership body that serves its members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment.  Architecture.com. Follow @RIBA on Twitter for regular updates www.twitter.com/RIBA

 

Moorfields Eye Hospital: Katherine Ayers, senior communications manager

Press.office@moorfields.nhs.uk

020 7566 2628

RIBA: visit www.architecture.com/competitions or email RIBA.Competitions@riba.org

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