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14 May 2014

Richard Rogers joins Laing O'Rourke to lay foundation stone at Guy's Hospital

Richard Rogers of leading international architecture practice Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners joined Laing O’Rourke and Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust yesterday to officially mark progress on the new £160 million Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital, London.

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners was chosen along with specialist healthcare architect Stantec to design the new Cancer Centre, following an architectural competition process involving cancer patients and staff which was led by construction partner Laing O’Rourke. The project is being managed by Essentia, Guy’s and St Thomas’ capital, estates and facilities directorate

Richard Rogers unveiled a large glass window etched with a drawing based on the original design for the architectural competition that will be installed near the entrance when the Centre opens in 2016. Richard Rogers unveiled the window with cancer survivor Diana Crawshaw and Dr Majid Kazmi, Clinical Director of cancer services at Guy’s and St Thomas’.

Anna Stewart, Chief Executive of Laing O’Rourke, welcomed guests to the event saying: “Laing O’Rourke is delighted to see the new Cancer Centre at Guy’s taking shape. We are proud to be delivering a scheme of such significance to the future of cancer care and research, with people at the centre of the design.”

Guy’s and St Thomas’ is among the largest providers of cancer care 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.

Dr Kazmi says: “The new Cancer Centre at Guy’s promises to be a truly world-class facility for cancer patients in south east London and beyond. By bringing together researchers and clinicians it will accelerate our drive towards developing new treatments, enhancing the patient experience and improving outcomes for cancer patients.”

Watch the centre evolve in this short film.  


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