Building of the Year: The Christie, Proton Beam Therapy Centre

Date: 04/09/2018
Author: GMCC
Company: GMCC

Over the last few weeks, we have been focusing on the projects shortlisted for the Building of the Year Award. This week, it's the turn of The Christie, Proton Beam Therapy Centre.

The state of the art 15,000 m2 five storey building provides: four proton beam treatment rooms, CT & MRI scanning; a patient reception; consultation rooms and public space and a new Outpatients Department.

The building is designed to be future proof with additional space for the Trust to grow into.

At the centre of the facility is the 90 tonne cyclotron - manufactured in Germany and transported by sea. The machine has been named “Emmeline” after Emmeline Pankhurst, the leader of the British Suffragette movement, who hailed from Manchester.

The cyclotron feeds three treatment gantries; huge machines that rotate 3600 around the patients in the treatment room to accurately target the tumour. It uses a high energy beam of protons rather than conventional X-rays to deliver a dose of radiotherapy. It directs the radiation treatment to precisely where it is needed with minimal damage to surrounding tissue.

What makes this facility unique is the fourth treatment room, which will be used by The University of Manchester for research and development to ensure The Christie continues its long history of battling the disease.

The building’s list of technical features is almost as extraordinary as proton beam treatment itself: To contain the radiation, the concrete walls are up to six metres thick. The building incorporates 20,000m³ of concrete & 1,700 tonnes of reinforcement, including steel bars up to 100mm diameter. Through this, 10km of services pipework has been carefully threaded. The concrete itself weighs 48,000 tonnes, the equivalent of over 100 Boeing 747 aircraft.

To meet the building’s demanding energy needs, a new sub-station has been built, which provides an equivalent amount of power to that needed to run Trafford Park.

This project is not only a first for Manchester and the North West but it is the UK’s first high energy Proton Beam Therapy treatment centre for the NHS as part of the planned national programme.

This project is one of two projects that was commissioned by the NHS. The other project for UCLH in London will open in 2020, two years after Manchester - putting Manchester on the map as leaders in cancer care, research and development, again!

The building will begin treating patients in autumn 2018 and once fully operational will treat around 750 people a year. This life changing facility will not only save lives, but also prevent families from enduring expensive, stressful and potentially dangerous travel abroad for treatment.

Architect: HKS Architects

Structural Engineer: ARUP

Quantity Surveyor: Gleeds

Project Manager: Mace

M&E Consultant: ARUP

CDM Coordinator: Innov8

Principal Contractor: Interserve Construction

Other: Turley (Planning Consultant

The winner of the 2018 Building of the Year Award will be announced at the Property & Construction Annual Dinner, which takes place on 4th October at The Point, Emirates Old Trafford. Click here for more information and to book your place.