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Richard Rogers is special guest at Guy's Cancer Centre foundation event

World famous British architect Richard Rogers officially marked the next phase of construction work on the new £160 million Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital on Tuesday (13 May).

His architectural practice, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, was chosen along with specialist healthcare architect Stantec to design the new Cancer Centre, following an architectural competition process involving cancer patients and staff.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ is among the largest providers of cancer care in London but these services are currently located in a number of different areas on both hospital sites. When the new Cancer Centre at Guy’s opens to patients in 2016, it will bring together the majority of care and research in a single state-of-the-art building.

Richard Rogers says: “There is nothing more important than supporting people back to health, and from the initial planning stages the design team put patients at the very centre of the process.”

The foundation stone event saw the unveiling of a large glass window etched with a drawing based on the original design for the architectural competition that will be installed near the entrance when the Centre opens in 2016.

Richard Rogers unveiled the window with cancer survivor Diana Crawshaw and Dr Maj Kazmi, Clinical Director of cancer services at Guy’s and St Thomas’.

Dr Kazmi adds: “The new Cancer Centre at Guy’s promises to be a truly world-class facility for cancer patients in south east London and beyond. By bringing together researchers and clinicians it will accelerate our drive towards developing new treatments, enhancing the patient experience and improving outcomes for patients.”