A new clinical facility to house a Proton Beam Therapy (PBT) Centre and inpatient services at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust, has been approved by the UK Department of Health. The facility has been designed by Scott Tallon Walker (in association with Edward Williams Architects).
The UK government has invested £250 million in the development of two facilities to provide Proton Beam Therapy – one at UCLH and one at The Christie. PBT is a highly-targeted type of radiotherapy that can treat hard-to-reach cancers which can result in less damage to surrounding tissue or fewer other side effects. Both centres are expected to open to patients from 2018 and construction is due to start this summer.
Proton Beam Therapy uses a beam of protons (accelerated to a very high energy state) to deliver radiotherapy that is directed to a precise target area within the body with minimal collateral damage to surrounding tissue. This allows very rare cancers including tumours affecting the brain, neck and spine to be treated more effectively. UCLH, together with The Christie at Manchester, will provide the UK’s first such facilities to provide high energy proton beam therapy, and will begin treating NHS patients from 2018.
In addition, the STW designed scheme also houses a new short stay surgery centre. Particular design attention is being paid to patient flow and the overall design for Paediatric patients who will form a substantial part of the patient cohort for PBT.
The UCLH development is vital milestone in the process of improving health care by moving existing services into an integrated and centralised campus and introducing world leading PBT as a significant enhancement to therapeutic cancer treatment services throughout the UK.
Varian Medical Systems will provide the PBT equipment for both UCLH and The Christie.
Páirc Uí Chaoimh, home of Cork GAA, has been granted full planning permission following a design process that included a rigorous public consultation process, a core strength of designers Scott Tallon Walker, the country’s leading stadium architects.
Work starts immediately on the new stadium and it will open in early 2017. The new ‘Páirc’ will provide 45,000 spectators with the most comfortable yet intimate stadium in the country, as well as a new premium level the media will be pleased at the emphasis on their comfort.
There will also be a new Centre of Excellence, a second full sized arterial pitch and a new GAA Museum on the site. The new stadium may also be part of Ireland’s Rugby World Cup bid.
Scott Tallon Walker Architects' scheme for Cancer services at UCLH, including a Proton Beam Therapy centre, has been nominated for the ‘Best Design Concept Award’ at the Building Better Healthcare Awards to be presented at The Brewery in Central London on Wednesday 5th November 2014.
The Judges considered:
The scheme at UCLH was also recently shortlisted for an award at the IHEEM Awards.
Scott Tallon Walker/ Edward Williams Architects scheme for UCLH - Proton Beam Therapy Centre and Cancer Surgical Services has been selected for exhibition at the Architecture Tomorrow stand at the inaugural MIPIM in Olympia.
In the catalogue to Architecture Tomorrow, Chief executive of the Maggie's trust says ''Scott Tallon Walker and Edward Williams Architects has created a building that houses the cutting edge medical technology of Proton Beam Therapy. It is sharply urban, celebrating technical excellence and clinical expertise - an impressive monument to medical advance.''
Visit the Architecture Tomorrow at stand B10 today, 16th October 2014 and tomorrow 17th October 2014.
The shortlist for the 2014 Design Awards has been selected by this year’s awards panel. The winners of this accolade will be announced from this shortlist at the Architects for Health stand IHEEM conference.
Two of the 5 project nominated in the future projects category are by Scott Tallon walker
The award winners will be announced at the IHEEM conference in Birmingham on 7/10/2014.
Scott Tallon Walker has designed the UK’s largest academic research centre for mobile communications at the University of Surrey. The centre, which accommodates 130 researchers and up to 90 PhD students, will focus its research on next-generation 5G mobile networks.
At the topping-out ceremony for the 5G Communications Research Building at University of Surrey in July 2014 were the University’s Vice Chancellor, Sir Christopher Snowden (centre), Gerry Hughes, Director Gilbert-Ash Construction and Peter Dudley, Director Scott Tallon Walker architects (right). The 3 storey, highly energy efficient, building was designed following an open competition and will be completed on schedule in January 2015. Funding for the centre has come from a variety of sources including Government and industry leaders in 5G research including Huawei, Samsung and Telefonica.
The University of Surrey scheme is the latest Higher Education Institution building designed by Scott Tallon Walker in the UK. This brings the total HE space designed by the firm to over 200,000 sq. m. across 20 HEIs. Other HE projects currently being worked on include the GYP CYROI, a Bio Medical research building at the Université de Saint Dennis in La Réunion, France and the 10,000m2 Institute of Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast