NHS opens bidding for £50m London cancer centre

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust is searching for contractors to build a new £50m London cancer care and research building.

The Oak Cancer Centre will span six floors and cover 127,000 sq ft, with office space, clinical facilities, an internal atrium and external and rooftop terraces.

There will also be a unit dedicated to detecting various cancers and completing early diagnoses.

The NHS trust is looking to appoint a contractor for the design and build project to carry out work over two years including pre-construction services, groundworks, superstructure and external cladding, internal partitions and lift installations.

Located on the Royal Marsden Hospital site in Chelsea, the centre will allow patients to be the centre of cancer research.

Over 350 health care professionals and 330 pioneering researchers will be located in the centre alongside patients with the most challenging and rare cancers to help develop new treatments and improve survival.

An appeal was launched by the Royal Marsden in 2015 to raise funds for the building and, last June, a £43m donation by the Oak Foundation, a family led foundation established in 1983, spurred on plans for the project.

Royal Marsden medical director Dr Nicholas van As said: “We have the experience and expertise with some of the greatest minds in cancer research and treatment working here. But we don’t have the infrastructure we need.

“This centre will enable us to treat more people in a facility that has been designed to enhance their world-class care.”

The Oak Cancer Centre is due to open in 2022 and will enable the Royal Marsden to see thousands more patients every year, growing its clinical capacity by 40 per cent.

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