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Rogers bags planning for £160m Guy's cancer centre

Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners (RSHP) has won planning permission for its competition-winning cancer centre project at Guy’s Hospital, London

The 14-storey building is planned to start on site in March but is subject to approval by the Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

In a statement, the trust said it was ‘pleased’ the scheme won approval. It added: ‘The final business case will be presented to the Trust’s Board of Directors on 30 January, and subject to Board approval we anticipate starting work on site in March 2013 with plans to open the building in summer 2016.’

RSHP’s Ivan Harbour said: ‘We are delighted by the news that the Cancer Centre at Guy’s has received planning permission. Architecture has the ability and responsibility to improve people’s lives; nowhere has this been more evident to us than at Maggie’s London.

‘We have been challenged by the Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust to develop these qualities for a large-scale centre of excellence and our competition proposal set out a concept to achieve this. The consented building is the result of 18 months design development to prove this concept and it has been a fascinating insight into a building typology often subserved by regulation and complexity.’

RSHP’s design includes three, stacked ‘care villages’ which will allow the trust to consolidate all its oncology services in one location.

The top four floors will be leased for private patients and are expected to provide half the cost of the entire building.

The studio beat an A-list of competitors including Grimshaw, MAKE, BDP, Hopkins and Allies and Morrison to win a competition for the job two years ago.

Located on the corner of Great Maze Pond and Snowsfields, the site features the buried remains of a Roman boat.

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