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Oak Cancer Centre | London

Founded by James Marsden, The Royal Marsden opened in 1851 as the world’s first hospital dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, research and education of cancer.

Today, it is a specialist cancer hospital. It conducts extensive research and works closely with its main academic partner the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR). This 1960s hospital, located in Sutton, is outdated and does not meet today’s standards.

So Royal Marsden and ICR plan to create a state-of-the-art expert research centre at the Oak Cancer Centre in Sutton, London. The building is designed to bring together patients and researchers, increase research, stimulate innovation and thus accelerate breakthroughs in cancer research.

Oak Cancer Centre aims to speed up research

Oak Cancer Centre London will bring together more than 400 researchers currently working in different places, enabling the sharing of knowledge and ideas to speed up the development of new treatments. It will also be a hospital where patients receive expert treatment and care. The combination of all disciplines under one roof makes this a special project.  The name of the centre can be traced back to the Oak Foundation, the party that donated a large part of the required costs.

Light and sustainable

The building has a curved shape and consists of a full-height atrium on the ground floor, which allows plenty of natural light to flow into the building. Solar panels are used on the roof, so that energy is generated in a sustainable way.  The lower floors are for patients, the two upper floors accommodate the research teams.

The power of collaboration

For this major project, Sorba provides an important part of the facade. This facade consists of glass balustrades, Alpolic edges, concrete edges and so-called louvre screens. The ceilings of the shelters are also provided by Sorba. This project is in cooperation with Vorsselmans who will take care of the curtain walls.

The Mock-up set up for this project is designed in cooperation with Vorsselmans, because the different parts of this facade have to connect to each other seamlessly.

The challenge of this project lies in the combination of various materials, from Alpolic to concrete, and from aluminium screens to glass balustrades. All connections and transitions have critical points for which our engineers, in consultation with the architect, have found a suitable solution. This makes it another landmark project in our portfolio.

The completion date of this project is planned for the summer of 2022.

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