Cancer Centre completes hat-trick of awards 

16/11/2012 00:00 

The University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre has won yet another award for its innovative design. The centre was awarded a top prize at the 2012 Building Better Healthcare Awards, winning the Best Specialist Services Design category in the Building Class.

The awards celebrate the people, processes, products and premises that are helping to transform medical practices across the UK and further afield.

According to the panel the building ‘pushes the boundaries of healthcare design where the boundaries need to be pushed’.

They said that ‘the centre is the product of an informed, enlightened client working closely with architects with a broad experience. The result is a project that brings a number of new ideas to this type of facility in the UK’.

The awards took place at The Brewery Central London and a panel of seven judges made the final decisions in the five classes.

It is the third award the £100 million cancer centre, which was designed by Hopkins Architects and built by Skanska, has won since it opened in April this year. In October it scooped the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award, having been described by judges as delivering ‘outstanding environmental, as well as clinical excellence’.

In July, the centre won the Health category at the New London Awards 2012 which recognise the very best in architecture, planning and development in the capital.

The centre achieves environmental as well as clinical excellence. By making efficient use of natural light, and using a very innovative glazing system the building will meet the newly announced NHS environmental targets eight years early. Carbon emissions will be cut by a third. The development includes both a green roof and photovoltaic panels for on-site energy generation.

Patients were involved in the design of the centre and its services every step of the way, from the light and airy entrance hall and uplifting colour scheme to the development of a web-hosted ‘patient portal’ which gives them more control over their care.

 

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