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Cambridge cancer research facility gets Government go-ahead

The Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital (CCRH) project has been given ‘the green’ light by the Government’s New Hospital Programme to commence the process that will lead to the appointment of a construction partner.

The selected contractor will then build the seven-storey 26,000 m2 facility at the heart of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, next to Addenbrooke’s Hospital. A virtual ‘fly through’ of the region’s first specialist cancer hospital gives a glimpse inside a new facility that the proponents say will ‘transform cancer care for patients across the East of England’.

Dr Hugo Ford, Clinical lead for the Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital, said: “We are delighted to share these designs for a modern, state-of-the-art hospital, and hugely proud that these have been developed in partnership with our dedicated patients and staff. Design has a huge impact on the way we experience an environment, and a significant impact on wellbeing, so it is essential we get this right.”

Professor Richard Gilbertson, Research lead for the Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital, said: “This is an exciting moment for Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital, as we seek a construction partner to work with us to make our vision for a world-leading facility a reality. This brings us another step closer to changing the story of cancer for patients across the region – and across the world.”

Designed by architects NBBJ, CCRH is a partnership between the New Hospital Programme, Cambridge University Hospitals, and the University of Cambridge, to build a new regional cancer hospital designed with patient input. It will combine ‘cutting-edge NHS clinical space’ with three new research institutes that will support the ambitions set out in the Government’s Life Sciences Vision, and the NHS Long Term Plan.

CCRH received approval for the Strategic Outline Case from the Department for Health and Social Care and NHSE/I in November, providing backing for the scheme as part of the Government’s commitment to build 40 new hospitals by 2030. Now approval has been granted for the project to seek Expressions of Interest from the construction industry.

Situated on what is said to be Europe’s leading life sciences campus, the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, the hospital will provide new capacity for highly specialised care – enabling patients from across the East of England’s 5.5 million population ‘to benefit from world-leading science and improved care pathways’.

The CCRH project expects to submit the Outline Business Case this autumn, with construction anticipated to begin in late 2023.

 

 

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