Opening of New Dental institute for Royal Free Hospital

January 2021

Burwell Architects newly refurbished UCL Eastman Dental Institute was opened by HRH The Princess Royal this month.

The project brings cutting-edge teaching facilities under one roof with clinical treatment spaces inside the historic Rockefeller building. The EDI will be home to around 350 postgraduates and 60 PhD dental students, alongside more than 120 academic, technical, and professional services staff. Additionally, the school will also be open to practising dentists who can take advantage of digital workstations for specialist training. 

The listed Rockefeller Building has been sensitively adapted, incorporating the requirements of a 21st Century dental school, whilst preserving the original characteristics of the 19th Century building. Still delivering larger individual teaching rooms that can hold up to 40 students at a time, the new location has a smaller footprint than the former site at 256 Grays Inn Road, with the additional teaching spaces meaning more places can be offered to students for the well-subscribed school.

The Princess Royal was given a guided tour of the site, covering the full range of state-of-the-art equipment, before officially opening the faculty with a speech and unveiling a dated plaque.

We are delighted and incredibly proud to have welcomed Her Royal Highness to open these fantastic new facilities, which befit the world-class achievements and reputation of the UCL Eastman Dental Institute.
Dr Michael Spence, UCL President & Provost