VINCI Construction UK has been appointed to deliver a £14.5m contract for the construction of a new two-storey building to house the new Christie cancer centre in Macclesfield.
Plans for The Christie at Macclesfield were approved by East Cheshire Council in September 2019 and demolition of the site started in February 2020, just weeks before the COVID-19 lockdown.
The Christie at Macclesfield will transform cancer care in Cheshire, the High Peak area of Derbyshire and parts of North Staffordshire, providing care closer to home for more than 1,500 existing Christie patients a year.
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. Around 40,000 appointments per year will take place at the new centre.
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.
Planning for the new centre has taken into account East Cheshire’s ageing population and the predicted increase in demand for specialist cancer services in future years.
Work on the cancer centre is expected to be completed by the end of 2021, ready for patients in 2022.
For details of how you can support The Christie Cancer Centre at Macclesfield fundraising appeal, go to www.christies.org/macclesfield