First look: Moorfields new eye hospital in St Pancras
New facility in Pancras Way to open in 2025
05 February, 2019 — By Tom Foot
First images of how the new facility could look
A CHILDREN’S eye hospital building that was named after a controversial media mogul is to be shut down and sold off, a decade after it was opened by the Queen.
Services provided by the Richard Desmond Children’s Eye Hospital, built at Moorfields in 2007, will be “integrated” into a new facility at St Pancras Hospital.
The £15million building was named after Mr Desmond, who grew up in Hampstead and owned the Daily Express and late-night adult TV shows including Television X.
Moorfields told the New Journal: “Support from many generous donors was critical in helping to open the award-winning Richard Desmond Children’s Eye Centre in 2007 and establish it as a world leading paediatric ophthalmic treatment and research centre. As plans develop we will work with donors and our appointed design team to acknowledge and recognise their generous commitment and support in our new integrated eye care, research and education facility.”
The hospital added: “We are planning for all services, including the Richard Desmond Children’s Eye Centre, Moorfields Private and the clinic on Cayton Street to relocate to the new facility. No services will remain at the City Road site.”
First images of what the new Moorfields in Pancras Way could look like have been revealed by architects who say it will become a “centrepiece of a new neighbourhood”.
Architects Penoyre & Prasad and White Arkitekter have unveiled potential designs for a new building on the NHS-owned hospital site.
The firms are part of AECOM’s winning joint bid to be the lead architect for “Project Oriel” – a £100million plan to move the world famous eye hospital out of its historic base in City Road. Camden CCG will run a consultation on the relocation of NHS services from Moorfields Eye Hospital City Road to the proposed new site.
The new facility could be open to patients in 2025.