01 Apr 2015

Macmillan Cancer Support and Information Centre Gets the Go Ahead

ADP has secured planning permission for a new £2.8m Cancer Support and Information Centre funded by Macmillan Cancer Support for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, which will be based at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust in Truro. The new facility will provide a number of services that will fill the current gap for much needed support and information for cancer patients and their families across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The building is located in the cancer treatment area of the Royal Cornwall Hospital and it is anticipated that it will receive up to 13,000 visitors a year.

Named ‘The Cove’, the centre’s Cornish setting has inspired the beach themed design, which is reflected in the building’s appearance, materials and surrounding landscape design. The design proposals also give the centre a more welcoming and less clinical feel, providing a focal point for visitors.

The new facility will have a publicly accessible information area, which has been designed as an informal café space. This links to a variety of private and support areas, interview and complementary therapy rooms, and a teenage and young adult area. A large group room is also provided. The design proposals are highly sustainable, and utilise the building’s orientation and natural ventilation to reduce energy consumption. The project is due on site in the Summer and due to open in 2016.

Ed Murphy, Senior Macmillan Development Manager, said, ‘This is a vital new service for the people of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Being diagnosed with cancer is one of the toughest things that anyone can face. Macmillan wants to make sure that no-one faces it alone, and the Cove Macmillan Support Centre will mean that people know where to go for help.’