The Christie Macclesfield July 2019
Plans were approved for a cancer centre at Macclesfield hospital last September

Galliford Try scoops contract for Christie cancer centre

Sarah Townsend

A £15m contract to build The Christie’s radiotherapy centre at Macclesfield District Hospital has been awarded to Galliford Try.

The £26m project, designed by AFL Architects, was announced in 2018 and plans were approved by Cheshire East Council under delegated powers last September.

The Christie was reported to be looking to appoint a contractor with the aim of starting work on the scheme before the end of 2019. Following the contract win, Galliford Try is expected to start construction work in the coming weeks, with the centre scheduled to open in the summer of 2021.

The radiotherapy centre will be The Christie’s first development outside Greater Manchester and its third satellite site away from its main campus in Withington, with centres at Salford Royal and Royal Oldham Hospital already operational.

The designs by AFL envisage the two-storey centre sitting on part of the site of the Millbrook Unit at Macclesfield General, linked to the main hospital building via a ground-floor corridor.

Facilities will include two linear accelerators for radiotherapy treatment; a CT scanner room; spaces for counselling, consultation, therapy, examination, workshops and offices, as well as space for staff research and a chemotherapy treatment room.

The building will feature a curved brass façade, with the stair and lift core and the main corridor to the hospital clad in grey sandstone.

The brass cladding is designed to match the appearance of The Christie’s main site in Withington in Manchester. The site is undergoing a redevelopment to replace the fire-damaged Paterson Building as part of the trust’s wider estates renewal strategy that also includes the Macclesfield centre.

A spokesperson for The Christie said at the time the Macclesfield planning application was submitted: “[The centre] will bring together essential cancer services into one purpose-built unit delivering local specialist access to radiotherapy, chemotherapy, holistic support and information services, outpatient care, palliative care and clinical trials.

“While some cancer care is currently available in Macclesfield, many patients travel to The Christie in Withington, South Manchester for their appointments.”

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