On Tuesday 10th March we were guests of the construction team at the new Guy’s Cancer Cemtre for the ‘topping out’ ceremony, which marks the completion of the superstructure of the building which is due to open in Autumn 2016.
Dimbleby Cancer Care has endowed £2million to the project which will be the new home of the Dimbleby Cancer Care Information and Support Services. It was our first chance to step inside the building which now stands 14 storeys high in the London skyline.
We joined representatives from Laing O’Rourke, Rogers Stirk Harbour, Essentia and Arup as well as the team from Guy’s and St Thomas’ who have now less than 80 weeks to transition the current cancer services into the new building. We were given a tour of the 2nd floor before being taken up to the roof. Unlike last May when the weather turned against us for the laying of the Foundation Stone, the blue skies gave us a perfect views from the top of the building.
The £160million project will bring cancer care and treatment together from across both hospital sites into one state of the art purpose built building. One of the most innovative aspects of the new building will be the location of Radiotherapy on the 2nd floor – it will be the first hospital building outside of the United States to bring radiotherapy out of the basement bunkers to an elevated level. The significance of this for patients undergoing months of treatment will be huge. The ethos of the building is one of well being, where the environment is key to the experience of those undergoing cancer treatment.
Dimbleby Cancer Care will be located on the ground floor at the heart of the building, enabling more patients and their families and carers to make use of the free services on offer, which include information and advice, complementary therapies to help alleviate stress and the often painful side effects of treatment, and psychological support.
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