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Lanarkshire Beatson satellite radiotherapy centre

‘Where possible, we incorporated prefabrication and off-site

manufacturing...’ Peter Moran, managing director, Keppie Design

This internal layout model shows the massively thick walls of the two operational bunker structures

cupboards to hold essential medical equipment and supplies. Services run through the ceilings of the mazes, with a

few direct connections between the bunkers and the control rooms. In contrast to the accelerator bunkers, the CT Scanner

room simply uses lead-lined plasterboard and lead-lined doors to contain any radiation. Moran adds: “Where possible, we incorporated pre-

fabrication and off-site manufacturing – an area in which Laing O’Rourke excels – into the design and construction process to speed delivery and address restricted site access.” In contrast to the accelerator bunkers, the CT Scanner

room simply uses a conventional lead-lined door and lead- lined plasterboard to prevent radiation leakage. The building was awarded a BREEAM Good rating at

design stage. To lower its carbon footprint it features photovoltaic cells, LED and low-energy lighting, solar-control


Opened to patients: Nov 2015 Radiotherapy bunkers: 3 Bunker ceiling: Up to 2.75m thick Radiation-proof concrete lining: 1.3m thick Site footprint: 3,652m2



glass on the curtain walls and rooflights, a heat recovery system in the extraction system, and where possible, natural ventilation. “The clinical facilities require mechanical ventilation and cooling systems,” observes Moran.

Best possible environment “Beyond meeting the very specific technical needs of the radiotherapy and CT services, our design strategy has always been about the patients and putting them at ease,” explains Keppie’s Project Architect David Morrison. “However, creating the best possible environment for them

and delivering the client’s vision for the new centre as a bright, pleasant, patient-focused facility has been quite challenging, given the restricted site location and the inherent characteristics of the radiotherapy bunkers. “With no particularly attractive view outwards, it was not

considered worth setting the edges of the building back but, equally, we didn’t want patients just looking out onto car parks, perimeter footpaths and fencing. “Therefore, it made sense to push the building perimeter to

the edges of the site and have the patient and public areas focused inwards around an attractive, peaceful, central open space created for people to enjoy.” A central two-storey atrium space contains the entrance, reception and main public and patient waiting area, giving

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