Construction of a new eye care, research and education centre in London will start in 2023 after final approval was granted to the Oriel project.

The joint initiative between Moorfields Eye Hospital, the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Charity will see services move to an integrated site at St Pancras Hospital.

Martin Kuper, Moorfields chief executive, said: ‘This is the final approval we have been waiting for, turning Oriel from a proposal into a reality. Our next step will be to start construction work in the new year to build our world-leading centre, which will support our reputation for excellence and our ability to deliver outstanding care for our patients.’