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The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust

Clatterbridge Cancer Centre scoops more design awards as it continues to provide world-leading cancer care in Liverpool

The new Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in Liverpool is transforming the lives of people in the city and improving the standards of cancer care in the UK, whilst continuing to win accolades for its design and construction.

The cancer hospital – which delivers highly-specialist care including chemotherapy, immunotherapy and radiotherapy along with clinical trials of new treatments – beat a high-calibre of competition from projects across the North West to win the Project of the Year in the North West Regional Construction Awards, last week.

Since it opened in June, Clatterbridge Cancer Centre – Liverpool has been attracting compliments from service-users, staff and the local community with its people-led design, providing enhanced care and developing leading-edge clinical trials in a calming and therapeutic environment. Reactions to the hospital have been overwhelmingly positive with the facilities already benefiting thousands of patients and providing increased capacity at a time when it has never been more needed.

Patient, Amanda Melia, said: “This is the place to be when you are in need of treatment. The hospital is second to none, clean, modern and comfortable. The treatment given is done so with complete professionalism, thoroughness and care. The staff are so caring and friendly in every respect. I cannot speak too highly of the place and consider myself so lucky to be able to receive treatment here.”

Another patient, Rowena Robinson, added: “Clatterbridge is a beautiful new building. The staff are wonderful all very friendly and efficient, no matter how busy they are. Altogether, it really does take the stress out of a very difficult situation.”

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust
Image Credit: Paul Karalius / BDP

The project is part of a £162m investment in transforming cancer care for the 2.4 million people of Cheshire and Merseyside – a region where people are more likely to develop cancer than almost anywhere else in the country.

The specialist cancer hospital was built on a constrained site in the heart of Liverpool’s new Knowledge Quarter, adjacent to Royal Liverpool University Hospital. BDP designed the building to step back in profile at its upper levels, creating external terraced space for wards and the chemotherapy floor.  The terraces have spectacular panoramic views, connecting the building with the city of Liverpool, whilst giving staff patients and visitors access to external landscaped areas and fresh air.

A sunken landscape courtyard at the prow of the building creates a covered winter garden, lined with natural stone gabions and filled with natural timber landscape planters. This connects staff, patients and visitors to the healing qualities of natural environments and provides more space that promotes recovery, health and wellbeing.

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust and its in-house property and estates team, PropCare, coordinated a collaborative design and delivery team for the project with BDP (architect), AECOM (multi-disciplinary engineering services) and Laing O’Rourke (lead contractors) working closely together to design and deliver the project from concept through to completion.

Liz Bishop, Chief Executive of The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It’s a fantastic achievement for the new cancer hospital to win Project of the Year and a justified tribute to all involved in creating such a spectacular building and superb facilities for our patients and staff. It is already transforming care and will continue to benefit people with cancer across Cheshire and Merseyside for generations to come. The fact that it was completed on schedule in the height of a global pandemic makes it even more special and it’s testament to our outstanding design & construction partners as well as our staff, and the in-house team who managed the project so brilliantly.”

Emma Lepley, Architect at BDP, said “The patient and staff experience was at the heart of this project. The focus was on providing a comforting and less clinical feeling environment for patients and their families, whilst also designing in efficiencies for the staff, as well as places for them to rest and share ideas and research.  This award win shows just what can be achieved by committing to collaborative working with the supply chain and community focus groups throughout the whole design process.”

Rory Pollock, health sector leader at Laing O’Rourke, added: “This award is testament to the enormous efforts of a collaborative project team of healthcare experts and I am proud that Laing O’Rourke played its part in delivering a major new hospital that will transform cancer care throughout Merseyside.”

Richard Mann, Director – UK and Ireland Healthcare and Science Sector Leader, AECOM, commented: “Projects such as Clatterbridge are all about outcomes and how the work we do enables NHS staff to deliver the best care to patients. Seeing the hospital up and running and achieving success such as this award gives me immense pride in the hard work the team put in, going above and beyond to complete the hospital in a challenging year.”

The North West Regional Construction Awards celebrate key construction projects and the construction industry. The awards are hosted by the School of Science, Engineering and Environment at the University of Salford, as well as Constructing Excellence North West and the Centre for Construction Innovation.

About BDP

BDP is an international interdisciplinary practice of architects, engineers, designers and urbanists. We work closely with users, clients and the community to create special places for living, working, shopping, culture and learning across the world. Founded in 1961, we now have studios across the UK, Ireland, Netherlands, UAE, India, China, Singapore and Canada. BDP has a leading track record in all major sectors including health, education, workplace, retail, urbanism, heritage, housing, transport and leisure and has won over 1000 awards for design quality.

In March 2016, BDP combined forces with Japan’s leading engineering practice Nippon Koei to form an integrated design group of genuine international reach. Sharing a philosophy which places an emphasis on design integration and community impact, the new group offers a unique combination of deep technical skills in engineering, architecture and the full range of design disciplines.