Moorfields secures government funding for Oriel

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust announced that it has successfully bid for government funding to support Oriel, its exciting proposal to design, build and operate a new, integrated eye care, research and education facility.

Moorfields has managed to secure nearly £20 million of funding as part of the Department of Health & Social Care’s (DHSC) major investment in the long-term future of the NHS. 

Oriel will relocate all services from Moorfields Eye Hospital on City Road and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology on Bath Street to the new facility at its preferred site at St Pancras Hospital.

David Probert, chief executive officer for Moorfields Eye Hospital, and a trustee of Moorfields Eye Charity (MEC) said:

We're very pleased that we have been successful with our bid.  This is fantastic news and is a really exciting opportunity for us and our plans to design, build and operate a new, integrated eye care, research and education facility with the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.

Robert Dufton, chief executive of MEC said:

We are delighted with the DHSC announcement of financial support which reflects the significance of this ambitious initiative.  Moorfields Eye Charity looks forward to working with partners to raise funds, recognising the vital role philanthropy will play to support the development of this world-class facility.

This excellent news comes swiftly after Moorfields hosted a series of exhibitions showcasing preliminary designs for Oriel last month.  Five shortlisted teams displayed their proposed designs for Oriel in the hope of being selected to design this new, innovative centre of excellence.

An evaluation panel which includes the MEC chair Mervyn Walker, is now reviewing the designs and will select the preferred team, who will design the new building in close collaboration with the Oriel team, staff and patients. The winning team will be announced in early next year.