UK-based construction company Laing O'Rourke and Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust have laid the foundation for the £160m cancer centre to be built at Guy's Hospital in London.
Laing O'Rourke had already selected Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners along with specialist healthcare architect Stantec to design the centre through a competition. The project is being managed by Essentia, Guy's and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust's (STNHSFT) capital, estates and facilities directorate.
As part of the stone-laying foundation ceremony, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners unveiled a large glass window that will be installed near the entrance of the cancer centre.
The glass window features a drawing based on the original design for the architectural competition.
Guy's and St Thomas clinical director of cancer services Dr Majid Kazmi said the new cancer centre at Guy's promises to be a 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 cancer patients," Kazmi said.
According to Laing O'Rourke, Guy's and STNHSFT are among the largest providers of cancer care in London but these services are currently located in different areas.
The new cancer centre at Guy's will bring both care and research under one roof.
Laing O'Rourke CEO Anna Stewart said: "Laing O'Rourke is delighted to see the new cancer centre at Guy's taking shape. We are proud to be delivering a scheme of such significance to the future of cancer care and research, with people at the centre of the design."
The cancer centre is scheduled to open in 2016.