Through P21+, Kier were appointed to design and build a landmark cancer research centre to enable ground breaking research of more than 100 different types of cancer.
Situated at the entrance of Southampton General Hospital, it was imperative that the construction works did not impact upon the operation of the hospital. It was also vital that the final solution was fit for purpose to foster innovation and collaboration for doctors, patients and researchers alike.
Located opposite the main entrance of Southampton General Hospital, the new 4,120m², four storey building houses state-of-the-art equipment to support the development of new cancer immunotherapies- from discovery in the lab through to clinical trials. The Centre is home to world-class research facilities; a specialist clinical trials unit; a suite of molecular biology laboratories and existing immunology teams relocated from a different research base.
It was designed using Building Information Modelling through Kier's bespoke 'BIMXtra' to ensure that the final solution met the needs of the end users. The ground floor features an impressive atrium, meeting rooms and the Clinical Trials unit. The first floor provides open-plan work spaces, break-out areas, meeting rooms and dedicated offices for 80 staff. The second floor is the hub of the Centre’s laboratory research.
The Centre is of huge importance. It is the first dedicated cancer immunology centre in the UK, bringing the research pipeline under one roof with vital state-of-the-art facilities.
Scientists, clinicians, technical experts and patients will collaborate in a creative, interactive environment, generating new knowledge and applying it in exciting new treatments.
" Now, the possibilities to live a full life are endless and it is thanks to all the clinicians and scientists who work tirelessly to find new ways of giving people hope. That’s what this new Centre will bring - hope to so many people fighting this devastating disease "