Proton Beam Therapy Centre London

The Proton Beam Therapy (PBT) development in the heart of London comprises a five-storey subterranean basement construction for a four-gantry treatment facility and Proton Beam Linear Accelerator.

This subterranean development houses a cancer treatment unit with eight theatres, two MRI & CT scanners, recovery and short-stay beds, research and private healthcare facility.

Ridge was appointed by UCLH to undertake a feasibility study and outline business case to support a bid to the Department of Health for a new cancer treatment centre. As part of the UCLH bid, Ridge also undertook 60-year life cycle costing analysis and a complex programme for completion of the Works. At a depth of 24m, this project is one of the largest basement constructions in London.

Following completion of the outline business case Ridge was appointed to carry out a complex feasibility to amalgamate the PBT with Outpatient Departments from other hospital sites.

Development of a complex business case model determined the affordability of the project and ensured the most cost-effective solution was achieved for the Trust. Ridge provided direct strategic advice to the Department of Health and NHS England. Subsequently, the Trust decided to develop the Outpatients’ solution on an alternative Trust site and reallocate the space above the PBT centre to form an in-patient cancer treatment centre.

The brief required minimisation of energy usage / CO2 emissions, renewable technologies, new electrical substation / incoming supplies, and relocation / integration of BOC gas supplies. BIM was actively promoted through the design development. Ridge also assisted the Trust in procuring the Supervisory Team (project manager, architect, structural engineer and M&E engineer), following the appointment of the contractor.

  • 1 of 2 NHS PBT

    In the UK

  • 24m Depth

    1 of the largest basement constructions in London

  • £330 million

    Project value

Diversion of Services and new Incoming Services

In readiness for the appointment of a main contractor, Ridge was commissioned to procure both the main services diversions away from the site. The existing utility services were required to be diverted outside a 3m exclusion zone from the site boundary to permit piling under the main contract. Consequently, Ridge undertook a detailed feasibility to identify all apparatus that had to be diverted (this included Thames Water, National Grid Gas, Virgin Media, Camden Street Lighting, UK Power Networks and Medical Gases). Ridge completed and diverted all existing services in order to mitigate risk to the main contract programme.

To facilitate this scheme, Ridge is managing and administrating a new incoming power supply 2kms from site. It crosses central London, requiring liaison with TfL, the London Boroughs of Camden & Islington and the planned West End project.