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In pictures: RSHP’s £160m cancer centre opens

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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ new £160 million cancer centre at Guy’s Hospital in central London has opened

The 14-storey building arranged in four stacked ‘villages’ is the first cancer centre in Europe to locate its radiotherapy treatment above-ground.

Designed alongside specialist healthcare architect Stantec, the centre is divided into two zones, one providing treatment, the other with social and interactive facilities.

The exterior of the building features exposed metal, including louvres, and multi-coloured panelling. The practice landed the job in 2010 ahead of Grimshaw, Make, BDP, Hopkins, and Allies and Morrison.

RSHP partner Ivan Harbour said: ‘Architecture has the ability and responsibility to improve people’s lives and nowhere is this more important than in a building dedicated to making people well.

‘Our aim has been to create a place equally focused on patient care and treatment, a welcoming building of human scale that does not feel like a hospital but delivers state-of-the-art treatment in an uplifting environment for visitors and staff.’

The building, for Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, is located next to Renzo Piano’s Shard in London Bridge.

Read a full building study in the AJ later this month.

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