Location and building information 

The new facility will be based on the former Rosenheim Wing of UCLH, and the adjacent area which is known as the Odeon site – an area which has been disused since the 1960s. We chose this site to develop the facility because it is close to other UCLH medical services, including the Radiotherapy Department in University College Hospital and the University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre.

The building will be linked to other UCLH buildings by our existing tunnel network.

The nearby underground stations and national rail links at Kings Cross and Euston also provide easy access for patients, their families and staff.

 

 

  • Facts about our building

    • Our new eleven storey building will be home to one of only two NHS proton beam therapy (PBT) centres in the UK – the other centre is at The Christie in Manchester, which opened in 2018.
    • In the floors above the PBT centre we are developing Europe’s largest blood disorder treatment centre and a short stay surgical service.
    • The entire building is around 34,600 square metres, with five stories below ground and six stories above ground. This makes the building (including below ground) is 57 metres tall - equivalent to London’s Tower Bridge.
    • The cyclotron, which creates the proton beam, was delivered in June 2018. Weighing 90 tonnes, this massive piece of equipment travelled from a factory in Germany to London and was safely installed within the building on time.
    • Over the summer and autumn of 2018, the gantries, which guide the proton to patients during treatment were delivered. Each one weighs 120-tonnes and is 3 stories high.
    • The PBT centre has shielding around the equipment to ensure that the radioactivity created by the cyclotron is absorbed safely. This shielding includes 44,000 cubic metres of concrete reinforced with approximately 8,000 tonnes of steel. This means that patients, the public and staff are completely safe.
    • Our contractors, Bouygues UK, have used techniques frequently used in civil engineering to construction our facility.
  • Why was the PBT centre built at UCLH?

    In 2011 the coalition government made a decision to develop a national proton beam therapy service as part of its Cancer Strategy (Improving Outcomes: A Strategy for Cancer (Department of Health, 2011)). This strategy was followed by a strategic outline case, which set out why proton beam therapy should be provided in the UK and supported by a government investment (The National Proton Beam Therapy Service Development Programme, 2012).


    The Department of Health then ran a process to decide where it should locate the national proton beam therapy service. UCLH and The Christie in Manchester put their hospitals forward as part of this process and were successful, In March 2015, the coalition government announced an investment of £250 million to develop the UK PBT centres at these two Trusts. The reasons why UCLH was chosen include:

    • the expertise of the services currently at UCLH and The Christie. UCLH has more expertise in the conditions that would be treated with PBT than any other centre in the country 
    • links to academic research
    • the geographical locations
    • transport links
    • proximity of other centres of excellence, such as Great Ormond Street NHS Foundation Trust and links to their clinical teams.