What will be in the Zayed Centre for Research into Rare Disease in Children 

The new centre will provide much needed dedicated laboratories, cutting-edge technology and equipment, and offices for up to 400 world-leading scientists and clinicians.  

By working with our award- winning architects, Stanton Williams, we aim to create a high quality building with outstanding research and clinical facilities to promote interaction between various scientific disciplines, support exceptional patient care and deliver ground-breaking research.

Housed in a new, state-of-the-art facility adjacent to Great Ormond Street Hospital and the UCL Institute of Child Health, the centre will contain:

  • A variety of research laboratories to enable by our scientists to study rare diseases and develop treatments.
  • A Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) facility on the fourth floor that will provide laboratories to manufacture specialist products for new therapies, clinical trials and patient treatments.
  • A cardiology suite.
  • Highly technical facilities such as a Flow Cytometry suite for the counting, storing and analysis of cells with laser technology.
  • A much-needed new outpatients clinic with facilities suitable for medical staff, our patients and their families.
  • Research write-up areas, meeting rooms and spaces to allow our scientists and medical teams to collaborate and progress with their work.

The really exciting thing about the new building is the possibility of creating a working environment that brings everyone together. As a clinician, I need to explore my options for treating a patient with experts who can help me develop them. A variety of different professionals under one roof will allow us to turn innovative thinking into practical solutions. The centre will also give us a manufacturing capacity to develop these solutions at scale so we can help more and more patients.

Professor Andrew Taylor
Divisional Director of the Cardio-Respiratory service at Great Ormond Street Hospital and Professor of Cardiovascular Imaging at the UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences.