- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 02 Feb 2018
Cancer Centre at Guy's Hospital
The centre brings together oncology services from across Guy’s and St Thomas' hospital, integrating research and treatment services within one 14-storey building. It creates a new gateway to the Guy’s campus and provides a transition from the 300-metre height of Renzo Piano’s ‘the Shard’ and the hospital’s Tower Wing to the lower-rise areas to the south.
It is made up of a number of stacked ‘villages’ each with their own distinct identity and each relating to a particular patient need; chemotherapy, radiotherapy or the one-stop clinic. There is also a double-height welcome area at the base of the building and a number of private suites at the top.
Visitors exit the lift at their desired section and enter a ‘village square’, a non-clinical space with informal seating, relaxation areas and a planted external balcony. Stairs and lifts within each village then give access to the consultation and treatment rooms which are efficient, ergonomic and functional.
The focus is on improving the user experience, providing patients and staff with views and light, and making a series of inclusive spaces with straightforward way-finding. Flexibility and adaptability are key parts of the concept, with the building designed to actively support change in clinical and accommodation needs over time.
Construction was completed and the building handed over by main contractor Laing O’Rourke in April 2016, three years after the demolition of two smaller buildings on the site cleared the way for the works to start.
Sally Laban, Programme Manager said: “This is a significant milestone for this project which will undoubtedly transform cancer care and the patient experience. There’s a real sense of realising the Trust’s vision as our landmark Cancer Centre fits into the London landscape. Laing O’Rourke’s success in delivering the project on time and without causing disruption to either the local community or patient appointments at Guy’s is a fantastic achievement.”
Ivan Harbour, RSHP’s Partner in charge of the project, said: “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.”
- Date: 2010-2016
- Client: Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
- Location: London, UK
- Construction cost: £160,000,000
- Height: 60m
- Floors: 14
- Gross Floor Area: 20 000 m²
- Designers: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and specialist healthcare architect Stantec
- Integrated design engineering services: Arup
- Main contractor: Laing O’Rourke.
- 2015: Architects for Health (AfH) award for Ideas or New Concepts
- 2013: Be Inspired Award Winner - Innovation in Building
See also, Maggie's Centre, Manchester.
For more information, see: http://www.rsh-p.com
Featured articles and news
What is biophilic design and how can it increase well-being?
80 experts come up with the top 7 mistakes the industry makes with BREEAM.
Compliance cannot be verified by inspection on delivery.
Some electric cars have batteries that give a range of over 350 miles.
Assembling, curating, caring for, and designing the future.
A sensitive approach to renovating a building of historic stature.
UK energy policy uncertainty as Welsh project put on hold
What collaborative working achieves and how it can be put in place.
BSRIA publishes the 2019 edition of its small but concise annual databook.
Using QSAND to measure the performance of disaster response.
What U-values are, why they matter and how they are calculated.
The need to ensure that we plan for all aspects of our bio-economy
BSRIA calls on government to reach deeper into the causes of pollution.