American engineering firm Aecom, along with Penoyre & Prasad and White Arkitekter, has been appointed by Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, University College London (UCL) and Moorfields Eye Charity to design the proposed new centre for eye care, research and education.
The company has been selected after a six-month competition process led by the Royal Institute of British Architects.
The Aecom-led team will work with a project team of Oriel, a joint proposal from Moorfields Eye Hospital, UCL and Moorfields Eye Charity, to produce concept designs for the new facility.
Staff and patients will have the opportunity to provide inputs on the initial design elements, which will form the basis for the project’s Outline Business Case.
Oriel has been formed to relocate 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.
The new facility will bring together clinical care, research and education expertise in one integrated facility, while focusing on patients and attracting and retaining the best clinicians, scientists and educators.
In 2019, Camden CCG led a public consultation on the relocation of NHS services from Moorfields Eye Hospital to the proposed new site.
Subject to approval, the new facility is expected to open to patients in 2025-26.
Oriel is intended to design, build and operate a new, purpose-built centre of excellence for eye care, research and education.
Moorfield expects Oriel to create an environment for innovation to flourish, inspiring improvements in people’s sight.
The new centre will also be located near health and research institutes such as UCLH, Great Ormond Street Hospital, UCL and the new Francis Crick Institute.
Aecom director of technical practice – Europe, Middle East and Africa Dale Sinclair 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.”
Image: Rendering of the proposed integrated facility for Moorfields Eye Hospital. Photo: Courtesy of Moorfields Eye Hospital.