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UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre, London by Hopkins Architects

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Hopkin’s BREEAM Excellent cancer facility hopes to use the functional design of the building to enhance treatment

The architect’s view

Located on a tight urban site with strict height restrictions in central London, Hopkins Architects’ UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre is the fi rst ambulatory care cancer facility in the UK and represents a dramatic step forward in care for people with cancer. It houses the country’s first PET scan and magnetic resonance imaging facilities for clinical research and trials, as well as the Cancer Risk Management Centre, the first of its kind in the UK.

The project redefines the patient experience by allowing the aesthetic and functional design of the building to complement and enhance treatments, wellbeing, rehabilitation and cancer survivorship. A key aspiration, underpinning the design of the whole centre, was to create a sustainability benchmark for future hospital environments in Britain. The hospital is one of the first to achieve the coveted BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.

  • Patrick Nee, partner, Hopkins Architects

Project data

Start on site August 2009
Completion March 2012
Gross internal area 13,562m²
Procurement Design and build
Total cost Undisclosed
Client University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust/Macmillan Cancer Support
Structural engineer and M&E consultant Arup
Quantity surveyor EC Harris
Fire consultant Arup Fire
BREEAM consultant South Facing
Project manager EC Harris
CDM coordinator EC Harris
Approved building inspector Camden Building Control
Main contractor Skanska
CAD software used Microstation
Estimated annual CO2 emissions 49.9kg/m²

Specified products

Balustrade at sixth-floor level, adjacent green roof and penthouse, and above open roof garden

Scheldebouw BV

Patinated, waxed finish


3mm thick architectural bronze sheet cladding

Supplier: KME

Patination and finishing: Scheldebouw BV

Patination process involving various acid wash timings with renaissance wax hand-applied finish


External facework facade architectural bronze extrusions surrounding glazing panels

Supplier: KME

Patination and finishing: Scheldebouw BV


Anti-microbial disposable internal cubicle curtains

Grosvenor Contracts


Facade double-glazed units

Scheuten Glass



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