Rutherford Cancer Centre, Northumberland

The Rutherford facility includes a new state of the art proton treatment facility including cyclotron technology in addition to a Linac and chemo therapy treatment facility. Now complete, the centre provides state-of-the-art cancer treatment facilities for the north of England.

In the early development stages of this project, it was decided that the building would utilise light gauge steel as much as possible. Fairhurst was able to reduce the use of hot rolled steel to less than 10% of the overall structure resulting in lower costs and a quicker build time. Our efficient design allowed minimum steel to be used without compromising the design intent initially put forward by the design team. A unique 15m span truss constructed of light gauge steel spans the width of the entire roof and required on site fabrication.

Fairhurst’s experience in the design and construction of Linac treatment centres throughout the UK, in addition to their experience in the design and construction of linear accelerators for research and industrial uses, meant we were ideally placed to assist in the design and construction of one of the first Proton treatment facilities to be constructed in the UK.

This Northumbria facility won the Institution of Structural Engineers Large Project Award 2019 and Building Project of the Year at the Constructing Excellence North-East Awards 2019.

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