Rutherford Cancer Centre, Reading

This facility is one of the first of its kind in the UK and open to both referred NHS and private patients, offering the new proton therapy which releases its cancer-destroying energy with sub-millimetre precision thereby minimising damage to adjacent tissue.

The use of Revit Structure models meant Fairhurst were able to identify potential coordination issues within the primary/secondary steelwork frame which allowed the design team to identify potential clashes in services as well as Structural, M&E and Architectural elements.

The relatively low height of the building humanises the point of entry and puts visitors at ease whilst the double height reception area brings in as much natural light as possible and creates a feeling of space. The reception leads directly onto a spine running the length of the building with the consulting rooms off and glazing at each end.

The centre includes facilities for proton beam therapy, a linear accelerator as well as a CT (Computed Tomography) Suite and an MRI with each treatment area separated by the layout, whilst the layout also creates a public piazza to the front of the building, creating a focal point that is enhanced by high quality hard and soft landscaping.

This Thames Valley facility won the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) South East Award for Design through Innovation 2019.