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Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital plans move another step forward

Plans to build a ground-breaking new cancer hospital in Cambridge have moved another step forward after the Government granted approval for the project to seek ‘Expressions of Interest’ and find a construction company to carry out the project.

The Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital (CCRH) is set to be seven stories high and 279,862 square feet, with construction to start late next year. The hospital will be built on Cambridge’s Biomedical campus situated next to Addenbrooke’s hospital.

Professor Richard Gilbertson, Research Lead for the Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital, said: “This is an exciting moment for Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital as we seek a construction partner to work with us to make our vision for a world-leading facility a reality. This brings us another step closer to changing the story of cancer for patients across the region – and across the world.”

A virtual tour of the hospital has also been released allowing the public and the staff set to work there a chance to see for themselves how the new build will transform cancer care in the region.

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust say that the hospital will be “one-of-a-kind” and that it will “accelerate the early detection of cancer” and act as a trailblazer in delivering personalised treatment that will drastically improve patient health outcomes.

Health Minister Maria Caulfield said: “We are determined to improve outcomes for cancer patients. The Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital has been made possible by our New Hospital Programme, backed by an initial £3.7 billion in government funding to deliver 40 new hospitals and state of the art facilities for patients and staff by 2030.

“The centre will help speed up diagnosis right across the east of England and transform the way patient care is delivered, pairing world-class NHS clinicians with innovative university and industry-led research. I welcome the fact that we are now actively seeking a construction partner for this major project.”

The team at CCRH are expecting to submit the next stage of the business process in autumn this year.

More information about the project is available here.

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