Site Logo
Plans unveiled for new cancer centre in Wales

Design feedback sought for new Velindre Cancer Centre development

Feedback on the early reference design will help architects to come up with the final solution
Feedback on the early reference design will help architects to come up with the final solution

It is estimated that around 230,000 people in Wales will be living with cancer by 2030, and the Velindre Cancer Centre has a proud history of delivering cancer services, treatment and care to the patient population of south-east Wales. 

However, the current facility is over 65 years old and does not have the facilities or space to meet this future challenge. 

And the COVID-19 pandemic, and the impact in its aftermath, has only consolidated the trust’s view that it needs to act now. A new era

Over the coming months, Velindre University NHS Trust will start a competition to build a new cancer centre and is asking for feedback from the public on the updated reference. 

The feedback gathered will then be included in the information pack provided to bidders at the very start of the process. 

As part of the competition, the bidders will be expected to deliver their own version of the new centre’s design, drawing on, or improving, the established reference design. 

The trust expects the designs to reflect the ambitions it aims to achieve – a building that makes people feel good, is strong and long-lasting, and functions well as a cancer centre.

It also needs to be a ‘green and zero carbon facility’ which encourages biodiversity and community involvement. 

Listen and learn

David Powell, project director for the new centre, said: “The design process is a key part of the next stage for the project and gathering the thoughts of our patients, their families, carers, staff, and the community is a critical part of that process. 

“Without it, we may have an updated reference design; but we would not have the ability to build the heart into the cancer centre. 

“We want to talk to as many partners and interested parties as possible so the project team can listen and learn from the community.”

He adds: “The project not only aspires to be the greenest hospital in the UK, but we want to ensure that it is an inspiring workplace for our dedicated, professional staff to thrive, as well as becoming a focal point for international research and a place that benefits the local community.

“It is the amazing work of Velindre that drives this project and why we are encouraging everyone to add their voice to the design process, so that we can deliver a new cancer centre that we can all be proud of and which is a state-of-the-art facility able to treat more people and help them to live longer.”

Be part of the conversation

Velindre is encouraging as many people as possible to take part in the digital conversation, which is being delivered in collaboration with the team at the Down to Earth Project, which has a 16-year track record in providing life-changing healthcare and education programmes. 

Mark McKenna, founder of Down to Earth, said: “We are delighted to be working with the new Velindre Cancer Centre project team to support their plans. 

“As a social enterprise, we work with organisations designing and developing a new approach to their healthcare delivery through nature-based solutions, so that it creates an urban and rural built environment infrastructure which is fit for the future. 

“For us, it’s about creating an infrastructure which is good for people, and good for the planet.”

Over the coming weeks Velindre and Down to Earth will be hosting engagement events that will provide further details relating to the updated reference design.

Then, from July onwards the trust will work with three developers to competitively refine and improve the updated design, taking into account the feedback. 

The developer with the best design will then be appointed in July 2022.



Related Stories
Static Systems’ Fusion Healthcare Platform
keeping patients safe and empowering care teams
Importance of workplace design for successful patient care
The architecture and planning of a hospital is of crucial long-term importance to functionality and successful patient care. It forms the basis for optimal hospital processes and, in turn, minimises the workload of hospital personnel. We have been supporting workplace design in the field of acute medical care for over 50 years and truly understand the challenges clinical teams face. With our expertise in complex processes, we are able to work with customers to develop the right concept – so that we can d...
Flexibility and adaptability 'key' to the future of healthcare construction and
Speakers at last week's healthcare buildings forum Scotland called for a new approach to the delivery of healthcare infrastructure, driven by the response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Architect's vision for paediatric hospital revamp
“And we are designing the new hospital to ensure it gives us the new, flexible space we urgently need and to allow us to care for the growing number of children and young people who need our care now, and in the future.” Softening the edges Releasing details of the plans, the architects show the lower levels of the building will reflect the traditional red brick of Lambeth, opening up views into the wider hospital site, and improving the public realm. Internally, the building connects directly to the ori...
Cambridge A&E doctor among those shortlisted for hospital design prize
The entry would be able to accommodate a three-fold capacity increase without having to convert additional NHS estate or use tents. Taking control Giving patients control over lighting and easy access to mobile phone chargers, it aims to make A&E a ‘less frightening and overwhelming experience’ for patients and their families. Dr Robinson said of the entry: “We have spent many years immersed in conversations about how both design and process are critical for the delivery of safe and effective emergency ...

Login / Sign up