Hopkins Architects have been commissioned to design an iconic medical research building on the Royal Free Hospital's campus in north London. The building will create a centre of research excellence for the clients, a joint partnership between the Royal Free Charity, University College London and the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.
The Institute will be a cost-effective and adaptable facility that will improve the provision of care for patients and allow public outreach and engagement. The light-filled interior has been designed to foster enhanced interaction amongst researchers, with research facilities and supporting space making the heart of the Institute a vibrant international hub for clinical research.
It will include world-class laboratory research and write-up space for the UCL Institute of Immunity and Transplantation, a patient hotel, new offices for the Royal Free Charity, and covered car parking for use by both the hospital and the public.
Designed to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, the building will make a positive contribution to the local character of Hampstead. With sensitive massing and facades, it will engage with and be incorporated into the surrounding landscape.
Planning permission was granted in January 2018, and construction started in March 2018. The building is due to be completed this year.