Elekta’s Centre of Excellence Under Way
Elekta is a global leader in the development and manufacture of state-of-the-art tools and treatment planning systems used across the spectrum of cancer care. Their pioneering radiotherapy equipment is used for the treatment of cancer the world over, with much of it developed, designed and manufactured at its Crawley site.
rhp was appointed as master planner, architect and design team leader by Elekta in 2013 with a brief to design a new ‘Centre of Excellence’, named Project Cornerstone, in Manor Royal, Crawley. The new five acre development site sits adjacent to their European Oncology Head office (largest of all its facilities across 43 countries and the site at which the world’s first commercially-produced linear accelerator (linac) was invented). The proposals integrate with the existing facility and form the first steps towards a new campus for Elekta.
Our designs for a phased development including two landmark buildings totalling 150,000ft² of grade A office accommodation received unanimous approval at Planning Committee in February 2015.
LaSalle Investment Management and Bridgecore Developments are now working in partnership with Elekta to deliver the first phase including 110,000ft² of office accommodation and a 387 space multi-storey car park. Kier Southern have been appointed as Main Contractor, with TP Bennett delivering the design through to completion.
Work on Project Cornerstone commenced in January of this year and we recently visited the site with the Client to view progress so far. Work is scheduled to complete in December 2017 and the end result is highly anticipated, with Bill Yaeger, Executive Vice President of Elekta commenting, ‘Our vision for the building is ambitious and R H Partnership has interpreted our vision with precision and creativity. You really start to get a sense of what a significant landmark the building will become in Crawley.’