10 Oct 2013

Lister Macmillan Cancer Centre Starts on Site

On Tuesday 8th October a turf-cutting ceremony was held at the Lister Hospital, Stevenage to mark the start of work on the new £3m cancer centre. Cancer patient, Tracey Oliver, cut the first piece of turf, and was joined by Stephen McPartland (MP for Stevenage), Oliver Heald (MP for Herts North East), councillors, mayors and fundraisers from the Lister catchment area.   

ADP is a long standing partner of Macmillan Cancer Support and over the last 30 years has designed over 125 therapeutic environments for cancer care.  Integrated Health Projects (IHP), a joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine, is the appointed contractor.   

The new Cancer Centre will double Lister Hospital’s chemotherapy capacity, improving conditions for patients and staff, and create a dedicated information and support centre for patients and families. There will also be two new gardens, providing a restful and welcoming space for patients and their family and friends to relax in.   

The East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust are contributing £1.5m towards the project, and Macmillan Cancer Support has launched a fundraising appeal for the remaining £1.5m.   

Oliver Heald, QC MP, Member of Parliament for North East Hertfordshire commented: "This wonderful new Centre will mark a major step forward for those local people facing the difficult challenge of cancer and their relatives and carers. I pay tribute to all those involved in the development and know that further donations would be welcome."