The Pears Building is a new research centre for immunology and will open in London in two years – 70-metre-long, colourful, graphic hoardings have been installed around the building site to teach the community about the possibilities and benefits of cell research.

It is a collaborative project, funded by a mix of public and private sources, including the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, the Royal Free Charity and University College London (UCL), charity the Pears Foundation, and local residents and organisations.

The centre, officially called the UCL Institute of Immunity and Transplantation, will focus on humans’ immune systems, and look to develop new treatments for conditions such as leukaemia and diabetes.

The research will focus on individuals’ genomes, in a bid to develop bespoke treatments for people, rather than generic treatments given to everyone with a particular disease. Scientists in the centre will work alongside clinicians in the neighbouring hospitals.