The Christie Proton Centre
The £90 million Proton Beam Therapy project is due for completion in late 2018 and will be the UK’s first high-energy proton beam therapy centre for the NHS. The project is part of the ProCure21+ framework
The five-storey building will deliver the facilities to provide a specialist form of radiotherapy for cancer patients, alongside clinical, treatment and research facilities.
Works began on the site in August 2015, and with superstructure now complete the building is in its fit-out stage both with the traditional M&E packages and the installation of specialist equipment like a particle accelerator, called a cyclotron, which weighs more than 200 tonnes.
The first challenge of this project was the demolition of an existing building. This had to be done without impacting on the local residents or the patients as the Christie Hospital remained fully operational throughout the process.
Secondly was the construction of the new building. This involved diverting underground streams, complex ground works and detailed superstructure works.
WysePower have worked closely with the Interserve site team to develop a temporary services scheme that would serve the project from day one. This included early liaison with the trust to secure temporary supplies from within the estate.
Temporary utilities connections
Energy meters and water usage meters
Temporary lighting and 110v power
Temporary supplies to tower cranes and hoists
Wireless site evacuation alarms
Water & waste connections both to welfare and site
Boosted cold water distribution
Rain water harvesting
Boot wash unit
110v heat trace system to external pipework
Designated power supplies for specialist sub contractor equipment
Temporary heater electrical supplies and heater units
Test & inspection of internal wiring systems
Maintenance of the installation on a visiting presence
Phased disconnection & removal
During the early stages of the project we engaged with the welfare provider to look at loadings of the welfare facilities and then advanced this to applications to the local DNO for the electricity and Untied Utilities for the water.
This early engagement meant that the supplies would be available ahead of programme and eliminate the need for generators and water deliveries. This delivered a cost saving to the project but also reduced noise and vehicle movements. This was important for the local community as the site is in a residential area and also neighbours the Christies Hospital which remains live throughout the construction phase.
We also designed a bespoke external temporary lighting scheme that included energy saving LED luminaires, automatically controlled by traditional time clocks and dusk to dawn sensors. Also, due to limited cable routes, we incorporated a wireless switching arrangement that, at the push of one button, switched off all the external floodlights to the tower cranes.
“Due to the internal construction of the building it wasn’t possible to run cables from within the gantry areas of the site where the tower cranes are located. WysePower came up with an innovative solution; installing additional control equipment to the existing lighting that allowed these lights to be turned off by a wireless transmitter by the last person out on site. This system worked really well and we will be using this system again on the further phases of construction”