Cancer Centre lands Prime Minister's award 

11/10/2012 00:00 

The University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre has scooped the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award, having been described by judges as delivering ‘outstanding environmental, as well as clinical excellence’.

The team behind the University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre

Hopkins Architects picked up the award for its ‘clever’ design during the British Construction Industry Awards (BCIA) in London last night (October 10).

The cancer centre was crowned supreme winner of the government-backed award, personally endorsed by prime minister David Cameron.

Now in its 25th year, the BCIA is the only major construction industry award whose jury visits every shortlisted building.

University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre

Kieran McDaid, UCLH director of capital investment, said: “The BCIA awards celebrate the very best in construction and engineering and are the longest standing; most rigorously judged and highly prized awards in the UK construction sector.

“To receive the Prime Minister’s Award is the highest accolade possible and a fantastic achievement for UCH and all of our partner organisations.

“I would like to thank Arup, Hopkins and Skanska for our nomination, and all of the UCH staff involved in the development of this fantastic building designed around the needs of our patients and staff.”

The £100 million centre, in Huntley Street, WC1E 6AJ, was designed by Hopkins Architects, the award-winning firm responsible for the iconic Velodrome created for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. It was built by leading construction company Skanska.

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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