The 1,800m2 linear accelerator (LINAC) treatment facility for NHS Lothian provides accommodation for a new cancer assessment unit (and associated radiation-shielded bunkers) and oncology administration offices.
The project has been delivered within a live hospital environment, and physically links to the existing radiotherapy department, to enable inpatients to be transferred between areas. The specialist design has ensured the project could be delivered without disruption to any of NHS Lothian’s clinical services on the site, retaining ambulance access to the adjacent departments and buildings. This was achieved through close liaison with key stakeholders to ensure the works were properly planned and phased to integrate with infrastructure works and other building works that were being run concurrently.
The design approach sought to remove the clinical feel of the building as much as possible, while still providing a compliant healthcare facility, in order to reduce patient anxiety while being cared for, or receiving treatment within the service.