The £100m Installation of the UK’s First NHS Funded Proton Beam Therapy Unit

Time: 12:30 - 12:50

Date: 10/10/2018

The £100m installation of the UK’s first NHS funded Proton Beam Therapy unit (PBT) at The Christie NHS Trust in Manchester – regarded as the most technologically advanced cancer centre in the world outside North America – is nearing completion and is 100% on time and to budget.

This remarkable scheme has lots of exceptional design, engineering, construction and management features:

• The Building has been designed around the highly specialist PBT equipment and this incredibly tight site. 1mm tolerances have beeng achieved in some places and Monte Carlo computer algorithms have been used to analyse risks e.g. Cyclotron hot spots

• Foundations/piling: there are hundreds and they are huge. 1200mm x 24m deep to support very heavy equipment and the combined tonnage of concrete but are also being used for clever details such as electricity earthing/lightening protection paths

• New state-of-the art roofless single substation (5MVA with low maintenance organic mineral insulation) is being constructed to provide huge power requirement of the PBT centre and the entire Christie estate. The electricity power supply has been brought from West Didsbury via 2 mile mole dig/installation – massive undertaking

• Exceptional BIM modelling which is reaching level 6 in some places e.g. Virtual reality modelling of facilities management aspects; also used in conjunction with 3D printed models

• Altered construction solutions to accelerate the programme e.g. steel construction instead of concrete and then reinvested the gainshare achieved early in the programme

• Jason is passionate about cultivating truly autonomous relationships with his team and all suppliers – a process he refers to as ‘partnering on steroids’.


  • View full profile for Jason DawsonJason Dawson Director of Capital, Estates and Facilities - The Christie NHS Trust

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