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The Christie Oak Road

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The largest single-site cancer centre in Europe, a highly sustainable, BREEAM Excellent development, and an iconic gateway building that has created a landmark brand for the Trust client.

The Christie Oak Road includes the largest early clinical trials unit in the world, the largest chemotherapy facility, and The Christie Clinic, a private patients unit. This centralisation of The Christie chemotherapy services for both public and private patients ensures provision of the highest quality environment and significantly improves the patient experience.

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The brass of the façade offers a high-quality, durable and beautiful finish.

The natural texture and rich, warm tones of this material were chosen to blend in with the brick and terracotta cladding on adjacent buildings, whilst creating a unique appearance with a natural patina which will weather naturally over time.

The building has been designed with a horizontal emphasis to relate and connect visually to the existing buildings on the site. This also has the effect of reducing the visual impact and perceived height of the building. This horizontal element is expressed as a continuous ribbon wrapping over and around the glazing, creating a soft, undulating and dynamic form.

Oak Road has been designed to create a healthy, vibrant and attractive space to inhabit.

The centre was designed in consultation with patients, using environmentally friendly materials and maximising natural light. A large glass atrium on the second floor helps create a peaceful atmosphere.

The building has been designed throughout not just with efficiency and practicality in mind, but to have a light and airy feel, and to be easy for patients to navigate their way around. Natural colours, soft contours and materials were carefully selected to harmonise with the exterior of the building and provide a welcoming, warm and comfortable atmosphere.

"We are delighted with the exterior appearance and design of the building which reflects the first-class facilities and research taking place within this new development. As one of the leading cancer centres in Europe, we are committed to providing treatment and care for our patients in the highest quality environment."
Jason Dawson - General manager, The Christie

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