GL Hearn attends foundation stone ceremony for new Cancer Centre at Guy’s

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04 June 2014

Construction work on a new £160 million Kings Health Partners Cancer Centre at Guys was celebrated with the laying of a foundation stone by Lord Rogers on Tuesday 13 May.

GL Hearn, led by Planning Director Ben Stalham, was appointed by the NHS Trust to obtain full consent for the scheme, provide neighbourly matters advice and work with the Strategic Communications team at the Guy’s & St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. The facility is 30,000 sq m and tall building in central London, comprising an NHS Cancer Treatment Centre, Private Patient Unit and Kings College London Education Centre. Challenges overcome included a Roman Boat (Scheduled Ancient Monument) beneath the site; flood risk zone 3; daylight and sunlight; and development within the protected vistas of The London View Management Framework.

Ben attended the event led by Lord Rogers (Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners), Sir Hugh Taylor (Chairman of the NHS Trust) and Sir Ron Kerr (Chief Executive of the NHS Trust), and his involvement stretches back to 2009.

Construction has commenced on programme and when the new Cancer Centre opens to patients in 2016 it will bring together the majority of care and research in a single state-of-the-art building, and be focused on the patient experience rather than just treatment. It is expected to be the premier Cancer Centre in south-east England, and is the first to incorporate integrated research and education facilities for students. The NHS Trust is among the largest providers of cancer care in London, along with Barts Health NHS Trust who GL Hearn also represents, but these services are currently located in a number of different buildings across Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals. Bringing cancer treatment all under one roof will greatly improve the standard of patient care.

The foundation stone ceremony saw the unveiling of a large glass window etched with a drawing based on the Lord Rogers’ original design idea for the facility. It will be installed near the entrance when the Cancer Centre opens in 2016. Lord Rogers unveiled the window with cancer survivor Diana Crawshaw, Dr Majid Kazmi, Clinical Director of cancer services at the NHS Trust, and Anna Stewart, Chief Executive of Laing O’Rourke.

Largely funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, the new Cancer Centre is also made possible by a grant of £25 million from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and a £15 million grant from King’s College London. Dimbleby Cancer Care made a generous grant of £2 million to the new Centre. David and Jonathan Dimbleby set up the charity following the death from cancer of their father Richard Dimbleby, and were also guests and speakers at the event.

The remainder of the cost will be raised from philanthropic sources including support from individuals, and the private sector. GL Hearn made a charitable donation of £500.00 to support funding of life-saving equipment, and will be assisting with future fundraising.

For more information on GL Hearn’s experience obtaining planning consents for healthcare, education and tall buildings in central London, contact Ben Stalham.

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