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Guy’s Hospital cancer centre: winning design chosen

Anshen & Allen Associates, Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners and Laing O'Rourke Construction are the winning team in the competition to design a new cancer treatment centre for Guy's Hospital.

Site of the future cancer centre
The new building will occupy this corner site and will be the precursor to a much larger development

Launched in February this year, the competition sought teams with the capacity and imagination to design and deliver a 'world-class facility' that would provide an outstanding patient experience and working environment.

The new building will be the first in a phased development that will ultimately produce an integrated cancer centre, combining first-class clinical care with groundbreaking medical research.

The shortlisted designs for the new centre, which will be built at the corner of Great Maze Pond and Snowsfields, were exhibited to the public in July.

Anshen Allen/Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners/Laing O'Rourke's winning design is based around the idea of breaking the building down into five three-storey 'villages' stacked up on the corner of the site.

The judges concluded this to be an intelligent and well-considered design, offering a clear strategy that will allow the building to respond to change over the long term.

Lord Rogers, of Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, said: "We are delighted to be part of a team to design a new cancer treatment centre for one of the UK's leading hospitals. Our previous work on the Maggie's Centre in London has helped us to understand the needs of people with cancer.

"Our approach to the CTC for Guy's and St Thomas' goes beyond conventional thinking on hospital design and makes the experience of dealing with cancer as relaxed as possible for both patients and staff."

The winning consortium proposed a 14-storey building with atriums, divided into a series of three-storey 'villages'. Their pitch also highlighted the potential for a new park to the south of Guy's Tower.

"The trust's aim is to provide a world class clinical service for our cancer patients and this design will make a significant contribution towards achieving that," explains Alastair Gourlay, programme director for Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.

"The designers have shown a depth of understanding of the patient's experience with an architectural honesty that defines the way the building looks.

"I want to congratulate all of the teams that took part in the competition for the quality of their design proposals – they captured the imagination of patients, staff and our local stakeholders who gave us invaluable feedback that helped us to make our decision on the winning scheme."

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