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Eye research centre planned for north London

Main contractor Bouygues UK has been awarded the £300M contract to build Oriel, a new eye care, research and education centre in Camden, north London.

Oriel is a joint initiative between Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Charity.

Demolition of six buildings currently on the Oriel site will now begin and construction of the 10-storey, 47,000m2, centre will start later this year.

The new centre – part of the New Hospital Programme, the biggest hospital building programme in a generation – will harness the expertise of the partners under one roof and will enable closer collaborative working between clinicians and researchers to speed up the delivery of the highest quality treatments and therapies for patients.

Moorfields Chief Executive, Martin Kuper, said: “These latest developments move us firmly into the construction phase of the project. We are excited to be working with Bouygues UK to build our state-of-the-art centre, which will support our reputation for excellence and our ability to deliver outstanding care for our patients.”

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