ION-DRI Programme


Site Masterplan

The Site

The Grays Inn Road site is made up of a network of buildings comprising the former Royal Free Hospital (Plot 1), the former Eastman Dental Clinic (Plot 2) – now co-located with the Royal National ENT, part of UCLH, and the Levy Wing (Plot 3).

The IoN DRI research and treatment centre will be located on Plot 1. 

Plot 2 will initially be used to house the team working on the construction of Plot 1. A decision will be made on the use of Plots 2 and 3 by UCL Council.

Site layout

Our Approach

Our approach to the redevelopment of the site is to retain and reuse those listed parts of the building that are of most historic interest and incorporate them into the design of this world-class research facility and new academic space for UCL. 

The modern extensions of the former Eastman Dental Hospital and the former Royal Free Hospital will be removed. The historic Alexandra Wing of the former Eastman Dental Hospital will be restored and the Grade-II listed former Eastman Dental Clinic will be retained and refurbished, creating a handsome landmark on Grays Inn Road. The Levy Wing building to the rear of the former Eastman Dental Hospital will be replaced with purpose-built academic space. The redeveloped site will include new landscaped areas, a courtyard and publicly accessible green spaces.

Breaking ground at 256 Grays Inn Road