The Oak Cancer Centre

In Autumn 2017, Desco were appointed to design the M&E services on behalf of Royal Marsden Cancer Charity for their new build clinical cancer care and research centre in Sutton, with an estimated construction value of £37m.

The Royal Marsden was the first hospital in the world to be dedicated to the treatment of cancer and is internationally recognized as being at the forefront of patient focused research and development for the treatment of cancer.

They are No.1 in Research Excellence Framework and No.3 globally. Their vision is to bring patient care to the heart of where the researchers work and as part of the long-term development plan.

The team were awarded the project following a rigorous selection process that confirmed their ability to help deliver a visionary and world class building.

The construction of the new six storey 134,000 sq. ft Oak Cancer Centre development is at the heart of the world-renowned cancer hospital and research centre’s Sutton site. The striking new building will provide new outpatient facilities, medical day care and collaboration space for clinical researchers to accelerate cancer diagnosis and treatment for patients.

At ground floor level a large full height atrium floods the reception heart space of The Oak Cancer Centre with natural light. A saw tooth roof design allows light to enter the building, whilst providing space for a large photovoltaic array to generate emission free electricity.

The project, which is targeting a BREEAM Excellent rating, was visited by His Royal Highness, Prince William, also president to the hospital, to lay a ceremonial stone marking the start of construction. This comes 30 years after his mother Princess Diana did the same. Prince William also launched an appeal to raise the final £8m to complete the £70m Oak Cancer Centre, which is due to open to patients in 2022.


The Oak Cancer Centre


Sutton, London



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