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Lanarkshire Beatson satellite radiotherapy centre


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The reception and waiting area is intended to feel like the relaxed lobby of a hotel or high-quality office building, as these images (left and far left) show


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the accelerators assembled inside. Each bunker is connected to the main reception area via a


winding ‘maze’ corridor with specially designed bends and geometries precisely calculated to prevent radiation ‘scatter’ reaching outside and also to allow a scanner to be transported through them. Situated at the start of each maze, which have their entrance


doors in the main reception, is a radiotherapy control room and a security stationwhere light gates are positioned to prevent people entering the maze when the machinery is in operation.


Future Flexibility


Keppie Managing Director Peter Moran says: “To ensure our radiation-protection designs and calculations are faultless, we consulted with a Radiation Protection Advisor. “The bunkers are designed to accept any model of accelera-


tor as equipment selection had not been finalised when we began the process, which has the advantage of offering flexibil- ity for future replacement choices. “We worked closely with the main contractor, Laing


O’Rourke, on the installation and development of the bunkers. They have industry-leading expertise in this area and we built on experience we’d already gained from working together on a similar project at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.” The bunkers are internally clad with laminate panelling to carry the services, positioning lasers and many storage Continued overleaf...


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Panels of colourful artwork help to soften the walk to the radiotherapy treatment bunkers


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