The multinational engineering firm, AECOM, has been selected to lead the design of a new integrated facility for Moorfields Eye Hospital and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.
AECOM will work with architectural firms, Penoyre & Prasad and White Arkitekter, on the project.
The appointment follows a six-month competition led by the Royal Institute of British Architects encouraging design teams from around the world to apply.
The project will involve relocating all of Moorfields Eye Hospital services from City Road and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology on Bath Street to an integrated eye care, research and education facility at St Pancras Hospital.
If the proposal is approved, following a public consultation led by Camden Clinical Commissioning Group this year, the new facility could be open to patients by 2025-26.
Moorfields Eye Hospital chief executive, David Probert, was on the evaluation panel that assessed the five shortlisted design teams.
“The quality of all entries was extremely high,” he emphasised.
“AECOM’s award-winning team was selected due to its exemplary innovation and creativity, outstanding design quality and previous experience in delivering health, research and education facilities across the UK,” Mr Probert highlighted.
Dale Sinclair, AECOM’s director of clinical practice for Europe, Middle East and Africa, said the intention was to create a “world-class facility” that would help to shape the future of eye care, research and education.
“Our design for the proposed facility is focused on maximising collaboration and knowledge exchange, with an oriel at the building’s centre enabling greater interaction between patients, clinicians and researchers,” he shared.
“The facility’s public spaces would create a new urban realm that will connect seamlessly with the ongoing renaissance of the King’s Cross area of London,” Mr Sinclair added.
In December last year, Moorfields Eye Hospital was successful in securing £18 million in funding from the Department of Health and Social Care.
The project team will next put together concept designs for the planned facility, which will inform an outline business case.
Image credit: AECOM/Penoyre & Prasad/White Arkitekter