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What's happening on site?

With the structure now complete, the team are busy on waterproofing and cladding the structure. Rendering is underway on some parts of the building.

The link back into the main hospital building has been made, this was a really tricky piece of construction. Air conditioning units are in place on the roof. The atrium space is starting to emerge - this will be a welcoming three storey light filled space that will greet patients and visitors as they enter the centre.

It's been another busy month and construction remains on track. With the steel frames in place in the chemotherapy block, work is now progressing on installing internal partitions, as well as the first fix for mechanical and electrical fittings.

After many months of planning the Art at the Heart team have been finalising details around the interior design for the centre, as well as the artworks and installations that will feature in and around the building.

We started 'behind the hoardings' tours this month, so that staff who will be moving into the Centre next year can see how the Centre is progressing and get a feel for the new space. Now the concrete frame is complete work is starting on partitioning the interior spaces starting with the Chemotherapy suite.

The main stair case which will lead from the main atrium has been cast and installed and work is in progress to install the radiotherapy decking.

We reached a major milestone as the Dyson Cancer Centre hit its highest point of construction. We celebrated with a small 'Topping Out' ceremony on site. RUH Chair Alison Ryan and RUH Oncology and Haematology Matron Caroline Gilleece travelled to the top of the new three storey Centre by crane, for a ceremonial laying of the final piece of concrete on the roof. The frame of the three story building is now complete.

We held a drop in session so that staff who will be relocating to the centre next year were able to meet with the interior designer. Staff were able to look at the latest plans and provide feed back on everything from room colours to wall coverings to floor finishes.

Progress continued, with the completion of the second floor slab for Oncology and work starting on the Chemotherapy roof slab. As storm Eunice swept through the South West of England on 18 February the site was made secure and the majority of work on the Dyson Cancer Centre site was temporarily paused.

The site sustained no major damage and was back up and running once it was safe to do so. Work continued on progressing an interior design concepts and an artwork strategy.

The first floor slabs have been laid and work is in progress to prepare for laying the second floor slabs.

The frame of the building is beginning to emerge from behind the hoardings. The first floor slabs are being poured for what will become the staff office area. A temporary deck has been built for the first floor areas above the main atrium – this will be part of the Macmillan Wellbeing Hub and the inpatient ward.

Work continues to progress on schedule. Drainage works were completed and work began on the reinforced concrete frame, starting with laying the concrete floor slabs.

Although the building is barely out of the ground, the project team are also busy on starting to develop the interior design for the building. This will include working alongside staff and patients, and will included details around the look and feel of wards and public spaces, as well as any art works and design features.

Groundworks continue and work is progressing well and is on schedule. Work has begun on pouring the concrete ground slabs. At the end of the month, our new tower crane arrived on site as we prepare for the next phase of construction. The crane will remain on site until summer 2023.

Groundworks continue, including underpinning Radiotherapy, continuing the foundations for chemotherapy and progressing with the stair foundations and lift pit.

A base for the tower crane is under construction - the crane is due on site in October 2021.

Groundworks phase is underway – that's all the work beneath the surface, such as foundations, trenches, laying pipes and cables. It's all been meticulously planned, and everything has to happen in a precise order.


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