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Bouygues to build major basement for London cancer centre

Bouygues UK has announced that it has been appointed by University College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust to design and build a new £188M state-of-the-art hospital dedicated to advanced cancer treatment and surgery services in central London.

The facility will include a proton beam therapy centre which will be located in a 25m deep basement structure below the five storey structure.

Use of proton beam therapy is a new approach in the UK and the facility will form part of a new national high energy proton beam therapy programme run by the NHS to treat localised cancers in hard-to-reach areas, potentially reducing damage to nearby tissue and other side effects.

Campbell Reith has worked with the client to provide structural, civil, geotechnical and environmental engineering services for the new centre. According to Campbell Reith, the requirement to construct a deep basement in central London is a major challenge for the scheme as the site is immediately adjacent to Tottenham Court Road, and in close proximity to London Underground’s Northern Line tunnels. “Another challenge is the need to deliver a rigid, dimensionally stable structure capable of supporting individual items of equipment weighing in excess of 200t,” said the company in a statement.

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