The new building will replace the current radiotherapy centre at Essex County Hospital, and will incorporate five ‘bunkers’. Initially, three new linear accelerators - the specialist equipment used during radiotherapy treatment - will be installed and the remaining two bunkers will be fitted out later, as demand is expected to rise in the future.
The build will be managed by Interserve’s Cambridge office, supported by Arup Services & Structural Design, Gleeds Cost Management and Interserve Engineering Services, who will provide mechanical & electrical services. The new centre will be the single biggest capital investment in the health service in Colchester since Colchester General Hospital was built in the mid 1980s.
The new centre building is expected to be completed before the end of next year and will start treating its first patients in early 2014.
Interserve regional manager Chris Mardell said: “The new building, which is a centre of excellence for cancer treatment incorporating the most up-to-date radiotherapy machines, will provide a first-class environment for patients and carers. Through this scheme we will strengthen our existing links with the county, and create opportunities for the local supply chain to benefit from the project.”