About the Project

The Site

The existing site is currently occupied by the Eastman Dental Hospital, which is due to relocate to a new development at Huntley Street. The Eastman Dental Hospital is made up of a network of buildings comprising the former Royal Free Hospital, the Eastman Dental Clinic and the Levy Wing. The approach to the redevelopment of the site is to retain and reuse those parts of the building that are of most historic interest and to demolish and replace the rest in order to deliver a world-class research facility and new academic space for UCL.

  1. With the former Royal Free Hospital, it is proposed to retain the Alexandra Wing that fronts onto Gray’s Inn Road and to replace the remainder of the building. This will allow a new building to accommodate the new medical research facility, incorporating the UK Dementia Research Institute and the Queen Square Institute of Neurology. The new facility will deliver large floor plates to promote collaborative research and ultimately breakthroughs. UCLH (University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) will also be including NHS services on the site, including 24 NHS consulting rooms and six MRI scanners for NHS and research use

  2. The Grade-II listed Eastman Dental Clinic would be retained and reused for academic space. The modern extensions will be removed and the historic building will be refurbished, creating a handsome landmark on Gray’s Inn Road

  3. The Levy Wing buildings to the rear of the Eastman Dental Clinic would be replaced with purpose-built academic floorspace. This academic space is likely to be occupied by the newly established UCL Institute of Mathematics and Statistical Science, which will complement the University’s vision for creating a world class environment for education and academic research on the site. The new academic floorspace will form part of the wider complementary academic uses that will further strengthen London’s cluster of academic institutions that form part of its Knowledge Quarter, while also collaborating with the dementia and neurology research. 

  4. The proposals include new landscaped areas, a courtyard and publicly accessible green spaces.

UK Dementia Research Institute

In 2016, the Government announced its commitment to tackling dementia and chose UCL as the home of the UK Dementia Research Institute central hub. There are six centres at universities across the UK.


Having the UK Dementia Research Institute hub and centres located across the UK allows it to bring people together for shared scientific inspiration, while making the most of cutting-edge tools and infrastructure locally. 


Our hub and each centre have an associate director and every person working in the UK DRI contributes towards achieving the Institute’s shared vision.

However, our researchers within UCL’s Queen Square Institute of Neurology and the UK Dementia Research Institute are scattered across different locations. When the Eastman Dental Hospital site - which includes the former Royal Free Hospital, The Eastman Dental Clinic and the Levy Wing - became available, UCL and its partners saw an opportunity to bring researchers, clinicians and patients together under one roof and develop a purpose-built, sustainable and world-leading facility.

The centre will be an adaptable space where researchers and clinicians studying neurological diseases can collaborate to develop new treatments for, and make links between, neurological illnesses. It would also include conferencing and seminar facilities, a public café and sensory garden.

The site sits within London’s world-class Knowledge Quarter, made up of organisations from Kings Cross, Euston Road and Bloomsbury that nurture and encourage new advances in medical excellence.

Artist’s impressions of the proposed centre at 256 Gray’s Inn Road

Community Benefits

A world-class research and out-patient facility for neurological disease will not only be of global significance, but local value too.

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