Catherine Zeliotis, Stantec Healthcare Leader at Stantec and Clinical Design Lead for the project, says: “This unique Cancer Centre was formed from the expressed wishes of patients and numerous site challenges. It will become a welcoming, non-institutional daily home to staff, patients and their families, planned in village clusters that provide a bright and nature-filled experience enhancing patient care.”
David Martin, Stantec Vice President and Design Principal, added: “We are delighted to have participated in the design of this transformative cancer facility which will set new standards for integrating excellent patient care while enhancing medical research – all in a new kind of building which is humane, comforting and inspiring.”
To create a welcoming, human scale patient and staff experience, the 14-storey building is arranged in four stacked villages – Welcome, Radiotherapy, Outpatients and Chemotherapy – each with its own distinct identity relating to a particular patient need.
The new Cancer Centre at Guy’s is the first hospital in Europe to locate its radiotherapy treatment above ground, further enhancing the patient experience.
Ivan Harbour, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ Partner in charge of the project, says: “Architecture has the ability and responsibility to improve people’s lives and nowhere is this more important than in a building dedicated to making people well. Our aim has been to create a place equally focused on patient care and treatment, a welcoming building of human scale that does not feel like a hospital but delivers state-of-the-art treatment in an uplifting environment for visitors and staff.”
The new Cancer Centre at Guy’s also brings together treatment and research under one roof in an Innovation Hub.
Professor Peter Parker, Head of the Division of Cancer Studies at King’s College London, says:
“Our vision is for the Innovation Hub to cross-fertilise ideas between researchers and clinicians so that potentially impactful discoveries can be advanced rapidly and successful approaches for one cancer type can be tested quickly in others.”
The Cancer Centre at Guy’s has been designed by architect Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and specialist healthcare architect Stantec for Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Arup provided integrated design engineering services. Main contractor Laing O’Rourke built the Cancer Centre and led the project team. AECOM has provided integrated cost consultancy and project management services and risk management services. The project has been managed by Essentia, Guy’s and St Thomas’ in-house provider of integrated healthcare solutions.
Dr Majid Kazmi, Clinical Director of Cancer Services at Guy’s and St Thomas’, says: “It is fantastic to welcome the first patients to our new Cancer Centre. Today is the culmination of more than 10 years of planning and working in partnership with our patients to create a building to transform cancer care.”