New cancer centre confirmed
by Marco Cillario Fri 13 January 2017, 3:16 pm
A £30 million cancer centre is to be built in Reading, it has been announced.
Proton Partners has been granted planning permission to build the new facility at Thames Valley Science Park.
The centre will be among the first in the UK to offer proton beam therapy, a specialised type of treatment directing radiation to precisely where it is needed, with minimal damage to surrounding tissue, which makes it particularly suitable to complex childhood cancers.
It will also include a linear accelerator, a CT suite and an MRI.
Up to 500 people a year will be treated at the centre, which will accept NHS patients, medically insured private patients and self-paying patients.
“Located just off the M4 corridor and with connections to Heathrow, this centre will make proton beam therapy available to patients from the south of England as well as international patients,” said Mike Moran, chief executive officer of Proton Partners.
“We’re bringing the top cancer technology to Reading and this investment will not only enhance the level of cancer treatment available, but will also bring skilled jobs to the area.”
Graham Construction will carry out the work.
At Thames Valley Science Park, the University of Reading plans to create up to 5,000 jobs and 74,322sq m of laboratory and office space.