The Royal Marsden has a Royal Visit

The Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton is receiving a brand new £70m state of the art cancer centre and Desco are providing the MEP services design engineering on the new centre.

The construction of the new six storey 134,000 sq. ft Oak Cancer Centre development has been appointed to main contractors ISG. The striking new building at the heart of the world-renowned cancer hospital and research centre’s Sutton site, 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, has recently been 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. He said “I am delighted to lay the foundation stone of the Oak Centre, 30 years after my mother did the same.  But before the official ground-breaking moment, I want to acknowledge the unimaginable challenges that all those at the Marsden have faced this year.  The knock on effects of coronavirus have been felt widely – but the impact on cancer treatment for patients has been one of the most acute and challenging.”

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.