The pioneering design of The London Clinic Cancer Centre has been honoured at a prestigious awards ceremony to celebrate the latest innovations in healthcare design. The cancer centre received high commendations for both the Best Hospital Design and Best Interior Design categories of the 12th Annual Building Better Healthcare Awards 2010.
The ceremony, hosted by TV personality and garden designer Diarmuid Gavin and held in Central London on Thursday 11 November 2010, saw some of the UK’s leading healthcare providers, planners, architects and contractors come together to applaud those who have excelled in improving the healthcare environment for patients over the past year. The standard of entries at this year’s awards was at an all time high, with a record 165 entries.
The £80 million cancer centre, which welcomed its first patients in December 2009, was designed by Anshen + Allen – an international architectural practice dedicated to the design of healthcare, academic and research buildings. The primary objective of the design was to create a healing and nurturing environment for cancer patients that could also house sophisticated, high tech equipment and state-of-the-art treatment areas. One of the key design features of the building is the specialist radiotherapy department, which boasts £6 million of new items of radiotherapy, radiosurgery and imaging equipment, in a purpose-built underground ‘bunker’.
Malcolm Miller, Chief Executive of The London Clinic comments: “Receiving not one, but two high commendations at such a prestigious awards ceremony is an outstanding achievement. For the cancer centre to be recognised in this way is a testament to five years of planning, architectural expertise and sheer hard work from both staff at The London Clinic and our external partners. Since we have opened the doors of the new centre, one of the greatest achievements is the positive feedback from patients and their families who continue to benefit from the building’s unique combination of pioneering technology, inspired patient care and clinical expertise.”
The cancer centre, located at 22 Devonshire Place close to Marylebone High Street, is 7,500 square metres built across eight storeys, three of which are below ground level. With 47 individual bedrooms and 22 day care pods, for patients receiving chemotherapy and transfusions, the cancer centre is the largest new build in the private healthcare sector in the past 25 years.