Pears Building

The Pears Building is a new medical research centre which will be built on the grounds of the Royal Free Hospital.

The UCL Institute of Immunity and Transplantation (IIT) is a world-class research facility, currently situated in the main hospital building. Once the Pears Building is complete, it will be the new home of the IIT.

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 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 project is a collaboration between the Royal Free London, the Royal Free Charity and University College London. Many local residents and organisations have supported the project. Among these has been the Pears Foundation, which donated £5million to the project. 

The construction of the Pears Building, which will also house patient accommodation, a car park and the Royal Free Charity’s offices, is expected to begin later in 2017.

We are keen to engage with our neighbours in relation to this construction project and have held a number of consultation events which have been attended by local residents. Feedback received through these consultations has been taken into account in our planning work for the construction of the Pears Building.

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 on neighbouring buildings and we are collecting background data. The readings from these devices will assist us in minimising any nuisance caused by noise, dust and vibration 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.

If you would like to join a working group, which can give feedback on the construction process or if you have any questions please contact Wilmott Dixon at pearsbuilding.community@willmottdixon.co.uk  


You can find out more about research at the institute here.

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