Vinci Construction UK has been awarded the £14.5 million contract to construct The Christie at Macclesfield, a new cancer centre serving Cheshire.
Plans for the new facility were confirmed by Cheshire East Council in September 2019, with demolition on the site at Macclesfield District General Hospital beginning in February this year by Galliford Try.
The new cancer centre in Macclesfield aims to serve patients and improve care in Cheshire, the High Peak and North Staffordshire areas, providing for around 1,500 patients a year who would otherwise have to travel to The Christie Hospital in Manchester. It will bring together essential cancer services into one purpose-built centre delivering local specialist access to radiotherapy, chemotherapy, holistic support and information services, outpatient care, palliative care and a wider range of clinical trials.
Dr Andrew Sykes, director of clinical oncology and clinical lead for The Christie at Macclesfield, said:
Our focus for the last three months has rightly been on continuing to provide safe and effective cancer care to our patients and in supporting patients who are worried about COVID-19. But with the first wave of the pandemic now behind us, we can once again move forward with our ambitious plans for a new cancer centre in Macclesfield. The new centre will deliver cancer care to the highest Christie standards, but closer to where patients live.”
Vinci Construction UK are expected to complete work on the site by the end of 2021, with the first appointments in 2022. Plans for the site have considered the impact and demand from the region’s ageing population, and will add capacity for over 40,000 appointments per year once complete.