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Haptic's huge south London cancer hub gets green light

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Plans by Haptic Architects and Nordic – Office of Architecture to create a 20ha cancer research hub in south London have been given the go-ahead

The Institute of Cancer Research and Sutton Council have rubber-stamped the proposals for a huge life-science and healthcare district specialising in cancer research and treatment on the site of the existing Sutton Hospital and Royal Marsden Hospital.

The scheme, which has been adopted as the development framework and will sit alongside Sutton’s local plan and the borough’s town centre masterplan, will deliver around 280,000m² of facilities in ’beautiful green space’.

London and Oslo-based Haptic working with Norwegian big hitter Nordic say the concept has been informed by the firms’ ’experience of designing healthcare and life-science campuses in Scandinavia’.

According to the practices, the 20-year project has been conceived as ’an open, equitable campus that provides attractive work and leisure space for researchers, clinicians and the community, while creating an outstanding healing environment for patients’.

subject to planning approval, work is expected to start on site in 2018.

Haptic Architects and Nordic   Office of Architecture London Cancer Hub Indicative Masterplan

Haptic Architects and Nordic Office of Architecture London Cancer Hub Indicative Masterplan

Architect’s view

The London Cancer Hub will involve a complete re-imagining of the existing Sutton site to create a vibrant community, with research buildings, hospital facilities, a school, restaurants, cafes, leisure space and hotel accommodation for visitors and patients. The development will be delivered across several phases, ensuring that the existing research and clinical uses are kept operational throughout.

The guiding principles for the spatial vision are to create a flexible urban structure with a clear hierarchy of routes and public space. Permeability into and across the site will be improved to transform the site into a welcoming, open and accessible place.

Project data

Location: Sutton
Type of project: Development Framework for Life Sciences Cluster
Client: Sutton Council, The Institute of Cancer Research supported by The Royal Marsden, Mayor of London, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals
Architect: Haptic Architects with Nordic – Office of Architecture
Landscape architect: N/A
Planning consultant: N/A
Structural engineer: N/A
M&E consultant: WSP
Main contractor: N/A
Business/Viability Strategy: JLL
Project Management: Inner Circle Consulting
Start on site date: estimated 2018
Completion date: estimated 2036
Contract duration: N/A
Gross internal floor area: 280,000m²
Total cost: to be confirmed

Haptic Architects and Nordic   Office of Architecture London Cancer Hub Knowledge Centre Concept Sketch

Haptic Architects and Nordic Office of Architecture London Cancer Hub Knowledge Centre Concept Sketch

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