The Grafton Way Building, University College London Hospital
Scott Tallon Walker Architects in association with Edward Williams Architects
This new building enhances UCLHs’ capability to provide cutting-edge, first-in-class cancer treatment and surgical services to NHS and private patients. The 37,000m2, architecturally innovative hospital provides one of just two NHS Proton Beam Therapy (PBT) centres in the UK, making it one of the leading oncology treatment hospitals in the world. The 13-storey building is located on a challenging site within the Bloomsbury Conservation Area, in close proximity to two Grade II-listed buildings and directly below the Mayor of London’s view corridor. To create the necessary clinical space, while respecting protected views and surrounding heritage, a significant basement houses the PBT Centre which is five-storeys plus mezzanine below ground, equivalent in volume to the Royal Albert Hall. Above this are seven floors going to a height of 57m. This landmark facility houses a PBT centre & surgical complex comprised of eight operating theatres, surgical ward and recovery area. An imaging centre, ten-bed critical care unit, and three floors of inpatient wards for patients with blood disorders create one of Europe's largest dedicated Haem-Oncology hospitals. There are also one and a half floors for a private inpatient haematology service. Waiting areas enhanced by charitable support have been created for children, teenagers and young adults, as well as a Macmillan Living Room.