Decision on proposal for relocated facility due to be made shortly

The race to build the new £250m Moorfields Eye Hospital in north London is understood to be now down to two bidders.

Building understands Mace and Bouygues are the firms still left in the race for the job which is planned for the St Pancras Hospital site in Camden. A pitch from ISG is believed to have been dropped. A winner is due to be announced later this spring.

Work will involve knocking down seven buildings at the current site, including a kitchen, post room and former mortuary, and replacing it with a part seven and part 10-storey building covering nearly 46,500 sq m.

The new building will feature an eye care accident and emergency department, outpatients, operating theatres, research areas, education space, cafe and retail areas, admin space and plant space.

The proposals were submitted by Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to Camden planners last November with a decision due early this year.

The new Moorfields development, called Oriel, is a joint initiative between Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology (IoO) and the Moorfields Eye Charity.

It will see Moorfields and UCL IoO services move from City Road in Islington to a purpose-built centre in Camden’s Knowledge Quarter.

The design team is made up of lead designer and project manager Aecom with lead architect Penoyre & Prasad, now owned by Perkins and Will, and interior and landscape architect White Arkitekter. Others working on the scheme include QS Gardiner & Theobald, heritage consultant KM Heritage and planning consultant JLL.

The scheme needs to raise £100m in charitable donations has begun a fund-raising drive ahead of the new centre opening to patients in 2025/26.