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The Duke of Cambridge marks start of construction at BDP-designed cancer centre in London

His Royal Highness, The Duke of Cambridge has officially broken the ground at our newest cancer treatment centre project for Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust in Sutton.

The Royal Marsden is a world-renowned centre of excellence with an international reputation for ground-breaking research, pioneering the very latest cancer treatments and technologies and specialising in cancer diagnosis and education. The Oak Cancer Centre will enable it to help people with cancer across London and the south east, and to discover breakthroughs in cancer research that will benefit patients throughout the UK and around the world.

The new centre, which will replace some of the Sutton hospital’s outdated, 1960s facilities with modern, carefully designed spaces, is set to be made up of six floors and will include an external, biodiverse terrace space with a pergola on the top floor.  A range of outdoor terraces and areas where patients can interact with nature is vital to the design concept. The clinical services that this building provides to the Trust will enable more than 400 world-leading researchers to collaborate more effectively to speed up the development of new life-saving treatments.

Our design of the new Rapid Diagnostics Centre and Medical Unit promotes peaceful and welcoming patient environments, with wellbeing at its heart. Service users will be able to enjoy peace and quiet while receiving chemotherapy, and patients visiting the new outpatients department will be able to undergo blood tests, see their consultant and collect a prescription, all on the same floor.

Ahead of the ground breaking ceremony, the Duke said: “Despite the challenging times we are living in, it is so important we take the time to acknowledge the tremendous work that continues all around us...and that irrespective of the global pandemic, there remains hope for the many thousands of people dealing with the effects of cancer.”

The centre will also include additional office space and an atrium with a feature staircase.

Oak Cancer Centre is part of the Trust’s plan to create a £1bn cancer research campus – The London Cancer Hub –alongside academic partner, the Institute of Cancer Research. It is due to open later in 2022.