The Queen Mary Cancer Centre is part of a £30 million project to transform Queen Mary’s Hospital over a three-year period and is a joint venture between Oxleas and Guys & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trusts. When completed later this year it will have the capacity to carry out 16,000 radiotherapy treatments and 4,600 chemotherapy treatments each year. Its radiotherapy service will also benefit from two specialist linear accelerator machines; encased in lead and concrete lined rooms they represent one of the latest advances in cancer treatment.
The tri-coloured panels were chosen in order to match the new Queen Mary Kidney Treatment Centre, which is located opposite the Cancer Centre and is also opening in 2016. The main building has CGL Secretfix Rainscreen Cladding in three colours covering two levels, consistent with the current trend of using cladding in larger panel sizes to span multiple floors of a building.
The panels are fitted to a bespoke aluminium channel grid which was designed to reduce the overall depth of the cladding system when fitted to a blockwork and concrete sub-structure. The curved section of the building necessitated bespoke rolled panels to form the corner; this worked well and provided an interesting challenge, alongside the feature Fin Wall that projects from the building. The top of the Rainscreen cladding system is fitted with CGL standard coping panels which provide protection from rain whilst allowing the system to ventilate effectively, protecting the interior of the building.
The Main Entrance and North-West corner of the building have a CGL Traypanel softfit system fitted, with plans for CGL to provide a further Traypanel cladding system to create a canopy over the Main Entrance. When complete, this will result in a bright and modern, yet understated building that provides an ideal setting for its purpose.
This new specialised treatment centre follows other similar developments in and around London, intended to make cancer treatment more straightforward and patient-centered. They will no longer have to travel into Central London for treatment and will also benefit from peaceful landscaped gardens and supportive services, provided by Macmillan Cancer Support and Dimbleby Cancer Care. In this way the St Mary’s Cancer Centre will deliver a fully-integrated cancer service, caring for patients’ physical and emotional needs as well as providing advanced and complex treatments.