University of Cambridge - Oncology Bunker

University of Cambridge

Saunders Boston were appointed by University of Cambridge Estate Management to work with the University Veterinary School to design and provide a new protective bunker as an extension to their existing Cancer Therapy Unit.

The original CTU was opened in 1991, which at the time provided the only radiotherapy facility (Linear Accelerator) devoted to the treatment of cancer in animals in the UK.

Since its opening, the Unit has developed an international reputation in veterinary oncology and radiotherapy treating over 5,000 animals while also providing a vital tool for on-going clinical research in radiotherapy.  Due to changes in linear accelerator design, a trend for more powerful machines in terms of radiation energy output and increasingly stringent Health & Safety regulations, the existing bunker and machine were no longer fit for purpose.

Careful design and positioning of the extension enabled utilisation of one of the existing mass concrete bunker walls while also allowing the Department to maintain active use of the existing facility throughout the entire construction phase.  The new facility was completed on time and to budget in February 2008.  The new extension has proved to be a successful replacement of the existing facility with the new linear accelerator now treating over 20 animals every week while maintaining Cambridge as being one of only three centres in England that can offer radiotherapy to animal patients - and the only one in Europe that can treat horses and larger animals.

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