Cancer Centre One Step Closer
Posted by Kevin Gover
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The creation of a new cancer treatment centre for Hampshire has come one step closer after Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust selected the team who will design it.
BDP will now work with Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Andover War Memorial Hospital, Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital and the Royal Hampshire County Hospital, to design a state of the art building. Patients will be able to access essential cancer treatments, supportive care and therapies all under one roof.
Chemotherapy treatment is already provided here in Winchester, but patients have to travel to Southampton or Guildford for radiotherapy. Patients also need to visit a variety of other places for supportive care. The new cancer centre will provide radiotherapy, chemotherapy, palliative care and therapies, as well as information, advice and psychological support for patients and their families in an outstanding environment.
36 architect-led teams entered the design competition process from which six were shortlisted to submit design concepts which were revealed at The Ark Cancer Centre Charity launch in November 2012. All six are said to have met the original brief to design a cancer treatment centre of outstanding architectural merit which enhances the healing environment, but the Foundation Trust selected BDP as their preferred design team.
BDP’s submission proposed a ‘hospital without corridors’ which is filled with light and brings the outside inside. Their previous projects include the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton, Bristol Breast Cancer Centre and the Nottingham Breast Institute.
As well as projects in the UK, BDP have an international reputation. They designed the Bispebjerg Hospital Masterplan in Copenhagen, Denmark and the Kiev Hospital for Mothers and Children, Ukraine, both of which show BDP’s approach to creating modern healthcare facilities.
Hampshire Hospitals Clinical Director for Cancer Services, Dr Lara Alloway, says they wanted to provide a centre which improves the experience of living with cancer for patients, their families and friends, and which reflects the excellent care provided: “It’s really exciting to be one step closer to our goal. BDP showed their experience and knowledge by not only considering the look of the outside of the building but carefully considered how the inside of the building will feel, making it a welcoming, reassuring and comforting space for patients and their families. The team at BDP are already encouraging us to think differently and we are pleased to have appointed them to work with us on realising our vision for a new cancer treatment centre.”
Nick Fairham is Architect Director for BDP and says he’s delighted to be involved: “Our design focuses on the needs of the patients, families and staff to provide a truly supportive and flexible environment while offering state of the art clinical services. The forward thinking approach Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has taken to the procurement of the design and site selection has maximised the opportunity to provide an uplifting and inspiring environment.”
The aim is for the new cancer treatment centre to be open in 2016. The location for the cancer treatment centre has not yet been identified, although it is likely to be in the north of Hampshire to meet the requirements for travel time for treatment. That would still mean travelling for Winchester patients, but they should be able to find everything under one roof.
Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is funding the building and the provision of essential cancer treatment services, while the Ark Cancer Centre Charity has committed to raising an additional £5 million to add the ‘wow factor’ to the building and surroundings and to provide supportive care not currently funded by the NHS. You can find out more and donate through the charity website www.arkcancercharity.org.uk