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RSHP and Hopkins among five shortlisted for new Moorfields Eye Hospital

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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) and Hopkins have been shortlisted for a major new eye-care, research and educational facility at St Pancras Hospital in central London

The practices are leading two of the five teams selected to proceed to the second round of the RIBA-led international contest. They are joined by AECOM with White Arkitekter and Penoyre & Prasad; Bennetts Associates with Reiach & Hall; and Ryder Architecture with Hawkins\Brown Architects.

The contest seeks proposals for a landmark new home for Moorfields, moving from its current City Road premises, and bringing together healthcare, research and educational activities under a single roof for the first time.

The project will create a ‘flexible and modern’ facility within the historic St Pancras Hospital complex, which is scheduled to open in 2024. It is backed by Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (Moorfields), University College London (UCL) and Moorfields Eye Charity (MEC).

Moorfields director of capital estates and major projects Kieran McDaid said: ‘This marks an important and exciting stage of the project as we can now start to visualise what this new, innovative and modern facility could look like. The joint partners were very pleased by the quality and innovation presented in the submissions of the shortlisted teams.

‘We are excited to see the preliminary designs proposals that each shortlisted team will submit for the next stage. We’d like to extend our thanks to all teams who submitted applications to design this new, world-class facility.’

The globally recognised Moorfields Eye Hospital was founded in 1805 and moved to its present site on City Road near Old Street Underground Station in 1899. The complex, which includes the neighbouring UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, is one of the specialism’s largest treatment, teaching and research bases in Europe.

St Pancras Hospital, located next to St Pancras International Station and the £5 billion Francis Crick Institute, currently specialises in geriatric and psychiatric medicine.

The five shortlisted teams will each receive an honorarium of £15,000 to prepare design proposals. Preliminary designs will feature in a public exhibition in late November before the selection of an overall winner in December. 

The full shortlist

  • AECOM with White Arkitekter AB and Penoyre & Prasad
  • Bennetts Associates with Reiach & Hall, Buro Happold Engineering and Gustafson Porter + Bowman
  • Hopkins Architects with Arup and Todd Longstaffe-Gowan
  • Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners with Stantec, Arup, Gillespies, Speirs + Major and T Projects
  • Ryder Architecture with Hawkins\Brown Architects, Spacehub Design, Hoare Lea, Rider Levett Bucknall UK and Ramboll UK
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