Oriel planning consent granted

The Oriel project has taken another important step forward with the granting of planning permission for the new hospital, research and education building on St Pancras Way in the London Borough of Camden. The building will also provide a new home for the NIHR Moorfields Biomedical Research Centre.

Oriel is a joint initiative between Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology (IoO) and Moorfields Eye Charity that would see services move from City Road to a brand new integrated centre on the site of St Pancras Hospital.

In May this year, the Greater London Authority approved the plans, following Camden Council’s planning committee making a resolution in June 2021 to grant planning permission for the new centre.

Artist's impression of the exterior of the new Oriel building

An artist's impression of the new Oriel building on St Pancras Way, London

The final step in the planning process was for Camden Council to generate the decision notice, which formally grants full approval for the Oriel planning application. This decision notice has now been granted.

This is the culmination of several years of hard work – including staff, patient, student and public consultation on the relocation and design of the new building and an extensive planning application process with plans submitted to the council in 2020.

Artist's impression of the reception area of the new Oriel building

An artist's impression of the reception area in the new Oriel building.

It is an important milestone in the Oriel journey, which will see existing services at Moorfield’s City Road site and the IoO’s Bath Street site move into a new purpose-built centre on the two-acre site in Camden’s Knowledge Quarter, near St Pancras International Station.

The new centre for advancing eye care, research and education would deliver the integration and innovative conditions needed to continue the ground-breaking work efficiently and in partnership, enabling the speedier delivery of new treatments and therapies for patients.

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