Velindre Cancer Centre, nestled in the neighbourhood of Whitchurch, Cardiff, is set to become one of the most sustainable hospitals in the UK, as the ACORN consortium has achieved financial close for the 180m project.

The specialist cancer hospital is part of Velindre University’s NHS Trust scheme in transforming cancer services in South East Wales to offer patients and carers effective treatment elements which aim to be high-grade and sustainable.

In terms of contraction, ‘soft FM’ services will be carried out by the contracting authority and aspects of the ‘hard FM’ services will be seen by Kier Facilities as agreed in the Mutual Investment Model agreement. The Mutual Investment Model is funding the project and being initiated by the Welsh Government to finance major capital projects to improve publishing services in Wales. The Velindre University Trust will take a stake of up to 15% in the project which targets a BREEAM “excellent” rating.

Richard Coe, project director at Kajima Partnerships, said: “The project represents a paradigm shift in sustainable healthcare, providing cutting-edge facilities and treatment in a building that has been designed with sustainable material innovation, community inclusion and a commitment to preserving the environment at its forefront.”

The sustainability element of the project sees it designed to be all-electric, supporting low energy demand and low operational carbon. They plan to reduce site waste through off-site manufacture of components to minimise transport in turn aiding efficient construction and ensuring good maintenance of the hospital.

The structure and design are set to be led by White Arkitekter, with the centre due to open in April 2027 to begin treating patients. The centre is set to include a Welsh Apple-filled orchard and community kitchen garden, as well as routes for cycling, walking and play areas aiming for minimal environmental disruption. Their fabric-first approach and the use of daylight, views and natural materials, aim to contribute to a stress-relieving and harmonious environment for patients, visitors and staff.

“We asked for a design that makes people feel good, that is strong, long-lasting, flexible and efficient. We have got that – and so much more. We look forward to welcoming our first patient into the new centre.”, Says Steve Ham, CEO of Velindre University NHS Trust.

Contractor Sacyr UK will build the centre on the 368,000 sq ft site, with the project being supported by the Welsh Government’s new public-private partnership model and in compliance with the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. 

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