The Pears Building is being constructed in the grounds of the Royal Free Hospital. Work began in March 2018 and will be completed in autumn 2020. It will be home to the UCL Institute of Immunity and Transplantation (IIT), a world-class research facility that is currently situated in the main hospital building.
Scientists at the IIT are developing revolutionary new treatments for conditions including leukaemia and diabetes. Some of the world’s leading scientists are based at the IIT, which means Royal Free Hospital patients can be first to benefit from their ground-breaking research.
Carrying out research that is focused on understanding diseases and developing new treatments requires close interactions between clinical services and research laboratories. At present it takes more than 15 years for research discoveries to lead to new treatments for patients. The IIT brings together doctors, nurses, scientists and patients who are all focused on testing new medicines in clinical trials, which means the timeframe for bringing new treatments to patients will be substantially shorter.
This building project is a collaboration between the Royal Free London, the Royal Free Charity and University College London. The Pears building will include patient accommodation, a car park and the Royal Free Charity’s offices. Many local residents and organisations have supported the project. Among these has been the Pears Foundation, which donated £5million.
We are committed to minimising the impact of building work on the local community and to being respectful of our neighbours. We have installed a number of monitoring devices around the site to measure the levels of noise, vibration and air pollution during the construction work.
Our building contractors, Willmott Dixon, are registered with the Considerate Constructors Scheme which imposes a code of conduct and working practices on their operations.
We will continue to provide regular updates on the progress of the Pears Building both here and on the website of the Royal Free Charity at www.royalfreecharity.org.
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