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 enabled through fundraising by the Royal Free Charity, including a generous donation from the Pears Foundation.
Cutting-edge medical research facility
Scientists in the Pears Building will perform patient-focused research to develop better treatments for diseases such as cancer, diabetes, HIV and hepatitis, as well as new therapies to stop the rejection of 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 state of the art laboratories and write up spaces for scientists of the UCL Institute of Immunity & Transplantation. In addition, there are two levels of the building for patient accommodation, one level for a covered car park for use by the hostpital and the public, and a level for the Royal Free Charity's offices.
The Pears Building has been designed in line with the requirements of the BREEAM method, which sets standards for the environmental performance of buildings.
To this end, the building will have solar panels to generate electricity for the running of the building and a 'brown' roof to provide habitats for local wildlife. In addition, its structure is designed to prevent the leaking of heated air, saving energy.
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: