AWARD WINNING DESIGN FOR THE LARGEST CANCER CENTRE IN EUROPE
Reputed to be the largest cancer hospital in Europe, The Bexley Wing is, in effect, a stand alone hospital of 66 500 m2, the hub and centre of the Yorkshire Cancer Network. It comprises 12 linacs, 300 beds, theatres, an intensive care unit and extensive imaging and day case facilities. There is also a large research component.
Procured through PFI, the project presented several challenges, not least a steeply sloping brownfield site which we used to bring light directly into the radiotherapy floor and create a dedicated FM service level to help segregate flows, and protect the integrity of the patient environment.
A simple organisational diagram groups the complex brief into four major components, creating a building that is highly legible. Three peninsular wings which form the ‘Patient Zone’ are linked to a hi-tech spine of diagnostic and treatment facilities. These two elements are linked by a public gallery which runs the length of the building connecting the street and campus entrances at either end.
This design strategy succeeded in achieving a complex set of clinical adjacencies within a form that broke down the massing of the building, vertically and horizontally, and brought daylight deep into every floor plan – including, most importantly, the radiotherapy floor.
The hospital’s public spaces have proved very successful and patient comment is overwhelmingly complimentary. The clinical planning has proved very popular with the staff and clinicians and the building is now a landmark on the Leeds skyline.