Institute of Immunity and Transplantation


NK T-cell lymphoma


Pears Building

The Pears Building will be a world-building research centre bringing together leading scientists, academic clinicians and clinical trials specialists to develop revolutionary treatments and therapies for patients.

Artist impression of The Pears Building

The Pears Building will become home to the UCL Institute of Immunity & Transplantation (IIT). Construction began in March 2018 and the building is due to be completed in autumn 2020.

Situated next to the Royal Free Hospital, the Pears Building has been made possible through fundraising by the Royal Free Charity, including a generous donation from the Pears Foundation.

Cutting-edge medical research facility

The Pears Building will combine NHS patient care with the latest developments in research to provide better treatments for diseases such as cancer, diabetes, HIV and tuberculosis, as well as for traditional and tissue-developed transplants.

The new facilities will provide the best possible infrastructure for research, training and clinical delivery, with state-of-the-art research labs, equipment and clean room facilities to adapt research protocols for production of clinical grade therapeutics for trials in patients.

The building will house high specification laboratories with associated break out and write up spaces for the UCL Institute of Immunity & Transplantation, which will be the core use. This in addition to the two levels of patient accommodation, a covered car park for use by the hostpital and the public, and the Royal Free Charity's offices.

Sustainable design

The Pears Building has been designed to which contribute to the building achieving a BREEAM Excellent standard. The roof shall be covered with solar panels to generate electricity for the running of the building.

The building will also feature a ‘brown’ roof to provide future habitats for local wildlife and insect populations. Additionally the building has been designed to prevent air leakage thus allowing the building to perform better by not wasting heated air.


Construction of the Pears Building is currently taking place, in the grounds of the Royal Free Hospital. Watch the progress of construction via the time-lapse video below:

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