Diana explained: “It has been a real privilege to be involved in the development of the new Cancer Centre. Patients have been fully consulted on every important decision and we were even involved in the process of choosing the architects.” Laing O’Rourke is working with world-renowned architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and specialist clinical architects Stantec Anshen+Allen, having been appointed in February following a contractor-led RIBA design competition. It is being managed by Essentia, Guy’s and St Thomas’ in-house provider of integrated healthcare solutions.
Guy’s and St Thomas’ is among the largest provider of cancer services in London but these services are currently located in a number of different areas on both hospital sites. When the new Cancer Centre at Guy’s opens to patients in 2016, it will bring together the majority of care and research in a single state-of-the-art building.
Diana continues: “The new Cancer Centre at Guy’s will be unique because patients will be able to receive most of their treatment under one roof and, crucially, research will be fully integrated so that patients benefit from the latest advances.”
Ged Simmonds, operations manager for Laing O’Rourke, adds: “The focus from the start of the design process has been about putting people at the heart of the project. This will be just as important during construction when we will continue to develop our relationship with Guy’s Hospital and the local community – working safely and considerately, and making the most of learning and employment opportunities.”
Guy’s and St Thomas’ provides more than 2 million patient contacts a year in acute and specialist hospital services and community services. It is one of the biggest NHS trusts in the UK with an annual turnover of £1.2 billion and 13,200 staff. See more at: http://www.laingorourke.com/media/news-releases/2013/europe/patient-centred-integrated-cancer-centre-underway-for-londons-guys-hospital.aspx#sthash.rKOrw3Ze.dpuf