Tuesday29 July 2014

Royal Free and UCL search for architect to design world-class research facility

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PQQ deadline is end of May

The Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead has begun the search for an architect to design a £22 million research centre into some of the world’s most serious diseases.

The Institute of Immunity, Infection and Transplantation will be built at the north London hospital in partnership with UCL.

An Ojeu notice has been published seeking expressions of interest from architects to act as the design team leader and contract administrator in the development of a “prestigious new academic building”. The deadline for PQQs is the end of this month.

Royal Free

Source: RSP Planet Design Studios

How the Royal Free building could look

The 3,500sq m research institute will concentrate on developing vaccinations, gene therapy and cell therapy to target cancer, chronic infections such as HIV and TB, auto-immune and other diseases as well as new types of transplantation.

Hans Stauss, head of clinical immunology at the Royal Free and head of the UCL research department of immunology, said: “The institute will be a hub for experimental medicine, transforming novel research concepts into new diagnostic tools and therapies for patients.”

A fundraising campaign has also begun for the new building.


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