Annual Report on Widening Participation and Outreach (WP&O) | 2013–14
GUY’S CANCER CENTRE
This project is a hallmark on how we would want to work on all major new builds. We worked closely with clinical teams and a patient user group to work out what success might look like. The project was the sent out as a design, from which a winner was chosen and then a contractor selected.
The building was designed to be very flexible, so if the treatment of cancer changes in years to come then the space can be adapted very easily. It was also built off-site and shipped in and bolted together. This had a huge impact on the speed to deliver the project and on the surrounding community that has less disruptions for a building of this scale and proximity to residential housing.
Our Unique Approach
The project allowed us to incorporate design features that were integrated as a result from feedback from the patient group. The one big transformation was putting the very heavy radio therapy equipment above ground. Because of the weight and screening that is required most cancer centres house this equipment in the basements of buildings. In most cases patients then have to navigate areas of a hospital that are not very inviting or engaging. At an additional cost we managed to bring those facilities above ground, giving patients access to the brighter spaces, with outside views directly before and after treatment.
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