Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has announced the submission of a full planning permission to the Cambridge City Council for the East of England cancer hospital.

By bringing together the University of Cambridge scientists and clinical expertise from Addenbrooke’s Hospital for the East of England, the Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital (CCRH) project will transform the experience of cancer for patients and their families.

The new cancer research hospital will come up at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital research lead and University of Cambridge Department of Oncology head professor Richard Gilbertson said: “This represents a big milestone in building Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital that will be a world-class facility in the heart of one of Europe’s largest biomedical research centres.

“The collaboration between patients, physicians and scientists in the new hospital will undoubtedly change the way cancer is treated for the better, across the region, the UK and the world. It’s an exciting moment for us all.”

The hospital project is a part of the government’s New Hospital Programme, which aims to construct 48 new hospitals by the year 2030. The project will be allocated an initial £3.7bn from government funding.

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To help define how the facility would seem and feel, the project team is also interacting with current and former cancer patients, workers, and carers from around the East of England.

Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital clinical lead Dr Hugo Ford said: “I’m delighted that we have taken the first step towards making our plans a reality for Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital. Our focus on the early diagnosis of cancer and personalised medicine will provide world leading care which will benefit patients from across the East of England.”

The Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital aims to be low-carbon and electric-powered, helping the NHS deliver a net zero health service.

The project has already started the hiring process of a construction partner to build the 26,000m2 complex with seven stories near Addenbrooke’s Hospital, AstraZeneca, and Royal Papworth Hospital.