The construction of a new multi-million pound Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital in London has been completed by contractor Laing O’Rourke.
The major milestone in the development of the 14-story building, designed by architect Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners and specialist healthcare architect Stantec, marks the start of the final phase of the £160 million project.
The Cancer Centre, which is set to open for the first time this autumn, was handed over to Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust earlier this week by main contractors O’Rourke, almost three years to the day after the demolition of two smaller buildings on the site.
Six linear accelerators – the first radiotherapy machines in Europe to treat patients above ground – will be tested, artworks will be installed, new integrated technology will be connected, and the building will be outfitted.
Staff will be given orientation and induction visits to their new location, and ‘dummy clinics’ will be used to test out new ways of working with cutting-edge healthcare technology.
The new Guy’s Cancer Centre will consolidate most treatment under one roof; currently, cancer care is provided in 13 different locations across eight different buildings on the St Thomas’ and Guy’s Hospital campuses.
It will also include an Innovation Hub for cancer researchers from King’s College London, as well as a Dimbleby Cancer Care drop-in information and support service for cancer patients and their families.
“Patients have been consulted at every stage of development, and we continue to be actively involved during the final phase, as we anticipate patient care in a world-class environment,” said Diana Crawshaw, chair of the Patient Reference Group that shaped the new Cancer Centre.
“It is fantastic to reach this point with the new building,” said Dr. Majid Kazmi, clinical director of cancer services at Guy’s and St Thomas’. There is still a lot of work to be done before we can start seeing patients, but we have a great team working on it, and our staff is getting excited about moving in.”
Sally Laban is the Programme Manager for the new Cancer Centre project and a member of the Essentia team, which includes Guy’s and St Thomas’ estates, facilities, capital development, and IT directorate.
“This is an important milestone for this project, which will undoubtedly transform cancer care and the patient experience,” she said.
“As our landmark Cancer Centre integrates into the London landscape, there is a real sense of realising the Trust’s vision.” Laing O’Rourke’s achievement in completing the project on time and without disrupting the local community or patient appointments at Guy’s is outstanding.”