A BUILDING firm has completed its £1.6m contract to deliver a new £3m cancer care centre in Newcastle.
Mansell is a Balfour Beatty brand and part of its UK construction business, which employs 12,000 people.
The firm, which recently moved into a central office at Cobalt Business Park in Newcastle with its civil engineering team, has been working alongside designers Edward Cullinan Architects on Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre in the city.
The new landmark building within the grounds of the Freeman Hospital includes many sustainable design features to help it achieve the highest BREEAM rating, which measures a building’s environmental performance.
The new site covers about 0.285 hectares. Thin-film photovoltaic solar panels have been incorporated into a concave curved roof, which shelters a mezzanine level that leads out on to a flat landscaped roof for patients recreation.
The centre’s exposed concrete frame has been covered in natural landscaping embankments and weathered steel panels. While a partially enclosed courtyard leads into two wings of accommodation with counselling rooms, a library, large living room and kitchen.
The centre has already seen hundreds of patients through its doors since opening last month.
The move comes after a lengthy campaign which began in 2008 and involved The Journal’s sister paper, the Evening Chronicle, which helped raise £500,000.
The fundraising initiative was backed by celebrities, including musicians Neil Tennant and Meat Loaf, rugby ace Jonny Wilkinson and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
Eddie Tribe, managing director of Balfour Beatty’s North East delivery unit, said: “It has been a privilege to help deliver a scheme that will provide vital support for those suffering with and affected by cancer.
“Through attention-to-detail and creative design, a highly sustainable and truly unique space has been created at Maggie’s North East.”
Balfour Beatty has also been appointed to realign St Mary’s Way and Livingstone Road in Sunderland.
Working for Sunderland City Council, the firm has been appointed £11m of work to create a new public square in the city centre.
The work, which will start this month and set to complete in the spring next year, forms part of a brownfield regeneration project to support commercial and residential development on the former Vaux site in the city.
Mansell, meanwhile, has been appointed to build the new QE Hospital in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. The £23.6m scheme will provide A&E, outpatient, diagnostic and therapy services.