Decision on proposal for relocated facility due to be made early next year

Plans have gone in for a new £250m Moorfields Eye Hospital in north London.

It will be built on the St Pancras Hospital site in Camden.

The design team is made up of lead designer and project manager Aecom with lead architect Penoyre & Prasad, now owned by Perkins and Will, and interior and landscape architect White Arkitekter.

The new Moorfields development, called Oriel, is a joint initiative between Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology (IoO) and the Moorfields Eye Charity.

It will see Moorfields and UCL IoO services move from City Road in Islington to a purpose-built centre in Camden’s Knowledge Quarter.

According to documents filed with Camden planners last month, the work will involve knocking down seven buildings at the current site, including a kitchen, post room and former mortuary, and replacing them with a part-seven- and part-10-storey building covering nearly 46,500sq m.

The new building will feature an eye care accident and emergency department, outpatients, operating theatres, research areas, education space, cafe and retail areas, admin space and plant space.

The proposals have been submitted by Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust which is hoping for a decision early next year. The deadline for commenting on the application is listed as 3 December.

Contractors Mace, Bouygues and ISG are all running the rule over the job.

The scheme needs to raise £100m in charitable donations has begun a fund-raising drive ahead of the new centre opening to patients in 2025/26.