A multimillion Cancer Hub initiative has secured land in a south London borough, accelerating the UK’s mission to remain a leader in cancer research after leaving the EU.
The £30m collaboration between the Institute of Cancer Research and London Borough of Sutton
is supported by The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and The Mayor of London.
This London borough invested £2.199m in their final portion of NHS land which is enough to
create the necessary 100,000 square metre life science campus.
It will include state-of-the-art facilities and a secondary school, becoming a vibrant centre for scientists, doctors and cancer research.
The prospective centre has been estimated to create 13,000 jobs and contribute £1.2b to the UK economy each year.
Professor Paul Workman, Chief Executive of The Institute of Cancer Research, London, says the industry investment is ‘one of the most ambitious life science projects in the world’ which will showcase and reflect the scope of cancer research advances in the breadth of treatments offered at the Hub.
“I’m incredibly excited by the potential of The London Cancer Hub to spark creativity, innovation and collaboration.”
It demonstrates how London is the ‘city of choice’ for collaborations between academia and social sciences, according to Rajesh Agrawal, Deputy Mayor for Business.
The partnership is currently looking for a development partner to contribute towards the £350m life sciences campus and its new buildings.
Councillor Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council, commented:
“We are now seeking a highly skilled and experienced development partner to take forward and deliver the vision of The London Cancer Hub. To work side by side with us in a partnering arrangement, to engage collaboratively with our key stakeholders and to ultimately realise the ambition we hold for the site.”
The recruitment for this position will begin next January and it will involve master planning, procurement of third-party contractors and marketing to occupiers.
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