Proton Partners Cancer Treatment Center in Reading, which will cost £30 million, has begun construction under the leadership of Graham Construction.
The centre, which is part of a larger renovation of the Thames Valley Science Park by the University of Reading, will create up to 5,000 jobs and 800,000 square feet of laboratory and office space.
Once completed, this facility will be Proton Partners’ third in the UK and will help address increasing demand for proton beam therapy, a specialty cancer treatment that is currently unavailable in the country.
GRAHAM Construction’s senior project manager, Ivor Brown, said, “This is our second project in the Thames Valley Science Park, the first being The Gateway Building, which is already on site.
To ensure the project’s success, a detailed management plan is required because of the off-site construction components. Working with Proton Partners International Ltd on this project will be a gratifying experience for our team, which has a long history of healthcare initiatives under its belt.
Mike Moran, chief executive officer of Proton Partners, said: “We are delighted that our new centre will be built at the heart of one of the most exciting health and life sciences projects in Europe.
Patients from the South of England and abroad will be able to get proton beam therapy thanks to the center’s proximity to the M4 corridor and Heathrow links.
Because of this investment, not only will the quality of cancer care in Reading improve, but skilled jobs will be created in the area as well. This is true for all of our treatment centres, including Reading.
“Thames Valley Science Park is delighted to welcome Proton Partners to its growing community of innovation lead and technology based companies at this exciting new development,” said David Gillham, executive director of Thames Valley Science Park.
“As well as bringing new healthcare technology to the south east of the UK. We are already exploring further potential for partnership with the University of Reading.”