Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

A legacy for local cancer sufferers

13:59 04 February 2014

An architect’s impression of how the new chemotherapy unit will look.

An architect’s impression of how the new chemotherapy unit will look.

Archant

North Devon’s new state-of-the-art chemo unit will be a leading light for fighting cancer.

NORTH Devon’s brand new chemotherapy and day treatment unit is expected to take about 12 months to complete and will eventually benefit around 15,000 patients and their families each year.

Lead cancer nurse Charlotte Overney described today’s (Tuesday) turf cut as the ‘start of the future for cancer services in North Devon’.

The new single-storey 600 square metre extension to the west of the main hospital building will replace the existing outdated facilities on Level 2.

It will form an integral part of the hospital, with a wing of consulting and patient resource rooms and a wing of treatment rooms and support services.

The unit will wrap around a landscaped courtyard, have a stepped section to let sunlight into the heart of the building and feature a ‘green roof’ of sedum.

Architect David Wilson, of David Wilson Partnership Ltd, said the building would be fitted out to full technical NHS requirements and would provide an attractive, clinically efficient environment for patients and staff.

He said: “Because so many people have put such efforts into the fundraising, we have really tried hard with the design to achieve a distinctive and appealing project and to create a sheltered and suitable environment for patients.

“We have been tasked with achieving a BREEAM Excellent score – a government scheme for ensuring sustainable and energy efficient buildings.

“This means it will be highly insulated, well-lit and contain a highly efficient and finely controlled heating system driven by a heat pump.”

Mr Wilson said building contractor Morgan Sindall will be carrying out groundworks in the first few months, so much of their work will not be visible to passers-by.

“However, once the steel frame arrives the building will really begin to move forward, with completion anticipated in spring 2015,” he added.

Related articles

0 comments

Other News Stories

Storm Imogen batters the promenade at Westward Ho! on Monday afternoon. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Met Office issues a yellow weather warning for North Devon on Saturday.

Read more
Rob Braddick in front of the new caravans. Picture: Sarah Howells

Rob Braddick says bookings for 2016 are up on last year as he completes £800,000 investment in new caravans in Westward Ho! park.

Read more

Two cars collided on the Link Road near South Molton this morning (Thursday).

Read more

Two Ford cars involved in collision this morning (Thursday) near Barnstaple Premier Inn.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:20
North Devon Council has welcomed news of extra rural funding from central government.

Local councils are set to receive more central government support to help ease the effects of funding cuts between now and 2020.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:37
Beach users met up at Saunton to make their feelings known about proposed parking changes. Picture: Andy Keeble

Car park plans for Saunton Sands have been given approval by North Devon Council despite thousands signing petition against it.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:24
The new faces of the Kings Arms: Andy James (leaseholder) and Michelle Jones (manager).

Prominent Bideford pub has reopened after being boarded up in December.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:30
You can pick up a copy of the latest edition of re:story magazine at the charitys shops, Restore and Restore Junior, in Boutport Street.

North Devon Against Domestic Abuse is celebrating the achievements of some of North Devon’s most remarkable women.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:35
Rodney Cann pictured at Fremington Quay. Picture: Andy Keeble

A plan for the future of the historic quay could bring a massive boost to the North Devon economy

Read more
Yesterday, 09:16
Land at Tews Lane in Roundswell (left) or Larkbear (right) could be used to build a new 420-place free school in Barnstaple.

Proposed primary would be built at either Larkbear or Tews Lane.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 6°C

min temp: 3°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications