3 Nov 2015

Royal HaskoningDHV is part of the team which has won the contract to design and build a national centre providin­­­g particle therapy for cancer patients in Denmark. The centre is the first of its kind in Denmark and represents a major milestone for cancer treatment in the country. The contract value for Royal HaskoningDHV is €2.4M.

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The new Danish Centre for Particle Therapy (DCPT) will be situated next to the Oncology Department at Aarhus University Hospital in Skejby. In future, all cancer patients requiring highly-specialised radiation treatment with particle therapy in Denmark will attend this centre, which is expected to treat at least 1,000 people every year. The 9,000 m2 building will include a proton accelerator, treatment rooms, research space, and facilities for patients, caregivers and clinical staff.

Challenging building design

“The construction of the Danish Centre for Particle Therapy is a unique, high-profile project and represents an important milestone for cancer treatment in the country,” said Steffen Boye, manager at Hoffmann A/S who is leading the construction team. “Royal HaskoningDHV brings considerable experience and expertise in the design and construction of hospital buildings, and contributed to the successful selection of our team on the basis of quality, experience and price.”

Smart energy plan

Royal HaskoningDHV is responsible for building services and structural design, and accommodating the particular requirements of the delicate proton equipment. A smart energy plan ensures the building will meet stringent energy efficiency standards required by Danish law. The development as a whole is being delivered in association with contractor Hoffmann, architect Aarhus Arkitekterne and Danish consulting company Alectia.

Radiation safety

The proton installation is a critical feature in the building design, and will be surrounded by walls and ceilings more than 3 m thick. “We worked closely with the equipment supplier to minimise risks,” explains Toon Braam, Project Director at Royal HaskoningDHV. “Careful planning is required to avoid damage to the proton accelerator during construction and we have ensured the building provides the required protection against radiation.”

With construction starting in April 2016, the centre is expected to be open to patients from 2019.

Track record

A transformation of the hospital landscape is in full swing. Royal HaskoningDHV is advising hospitals on how to achieve affordable, accessible and high-quality care, while introducing efficiencies and sustainable features to buildings. For example the company is involved in the design of the new Grand Hôpital de Charleroi in Belgium; Aalborg University Hospital and Hvidovre Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark; Honliv Hospital at Changyuan, China; the construction and modernisation of Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn building of University Hospital Ramathibodi in Bangkok, Thailand; and the District Hospital in Pixley, South Africa.