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AFL completes cancer care centre at The Christie

[FIRST LOOK + PROJECT DATA] AFL Architects has completed this £35 million Oak Road Patient Treatment Centre at the Christie hospital

Officially opened last month, the new wing at the specialist cancer care hospital in Withington, Manchester is clad in a ‘warm’ copper which was chosen to blend in with the brick and terracotta cladding of the nearby buildings.

The new BREEAM-excellent rated block houses the ‘largest early clinical trials unit in the world’ an expanded chemotherapy department and a private patients unit.

Describing the scheme, a spokesman for the Manchester-based practice said: ‘During the design process, the team took on board comments from staff and patients and the resulting design aims to bring together chemotherapy and clinical trials for greater benefits to patients, including a speedier treatment process and improved environment.

‘Its design creates an exciting new entranceway and identity for Christie Hospital as large areas of glazing have been incorporated into the southeast and southwest facing entrance elevations.

‘It is hoped that the location of reception, waiting and circulation areas behind these elevations will enliven the facades and create a strong, clear entrance to the new facility.’

AFL Architects' £35 million Oak Road Patient Treatment Centre at the Christie hospital, Manchester

AFL Architects’ £35 million Oak Road Patient Treatment Centre at the Christie hospital, Manchester

Project data

Architects: AFL Architects
Location: Withington, South Manchester
Type Of Project: New Clinical Trials, Chemotherapy and Private Patients Unit 
Structural Engineers:
Bertram Done
Project Architect: David Rourke
Client: The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
Funding: The centre has been paid for between The Christie, the Christie charity and Cancer Research UK (building costs: £22m Christie, £9m Christie charity, £4m Cancer Research UK)
Start on site date: February 2009
Contract duration: 22 months
Form of contract and/or procurement: ProCure21
Total cost: £35million
M&E consultant: RPS Gregory
Quantity surveyor: Wardle Associates
Project Manager: CPC Ltd
Lighting consultant: Healthcare Lighting (UK) ltd
Main contractor: Interserve


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