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Oriel is a joint initiative between Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Charity. Together, we will relocate all services at Moorfields Eye Hospital on City Road and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology on Bath Street, to a new, integrated centre in Camden.

Sight loss is an increasing problem. By 2050 it’s estimated that four million people will be living with sight loss in the UK. Innovation and technology offer new possibilities for treatments and cures, but we need the right facilities.

Oriel will create an environment for innovation to flourish, inspiring improvements in people’s sight. The new centre will be flexible and modern, enabling us to bring together healthcare, eye research and education for the first time.

Harnessing all our expertise under one roof in a new fit-for-purpose centre will enable closer collaboration between clinicians and researchers to speed up the delivery of treatments and therapies for patients – ultimately helping us work together to discover, develop and deliver the best eye care sustainably and at scale.

Construction has started and we plan to open the centre in 2027. Visit our dedicated Oriel website to learn more.

Oriel breaks ground

On 11 July 2023 we hosted a breaking ground ceremony on the Oriel site to officially mark the start of construction.

Prior to breaking ground, six buildings on the Oriel site were demolished. The foundations for our 10-storey, 47,000 sq. m, centre have been laid. The new centre will be located in the heart of the Knowledge Quarter, an internationally renowned hub for science and innovation.


View time lapse footage of the demolition. 

Progress continues at pace on the site of our new centre for eye care, research and education in Camden. Bouygues UK, our construction partner, captured time lapse footage from the site during January – May 2024. The video (approximately two minutes) shows the building emerging from the ground; we expect to reach the highest level of the building, level 10, by the end of this year.

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Our timeline

Oriel timeline

Email our Oriel team: moorfields.oriel@nhs.net