Go-ahead for Liverpool new cancer centre

Plans to transform cancer care across Merseyside and Cheshire by developing a major new specialist hospital in the heart of Liverpool have been given the go-ahead.

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust has been granted full planning permission for the 11-floor hospital on West Derby Street as part of its £157 million investment in expanding and improving cancer care.

Preparatory construction work is expected to start on site later this year, with the new hospital opening to patients by the end of 2019.

Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet member for regeneration, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, said: “This is a landmark development which will not only create a first-class new building in this part of the city, but will lead to major improvements in the delivery of services for cancer patients from across the region.

The health campus will be a world-class facility that the whole city can be tremendously proud of and will continue Liverpool’s long tradition of innovation in the fields of medicine and health.”

The hospital has been designed by the same award-winning architectural team at BDP that created the new Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

The cost of the new hospital will be funded by the NHS and is not a private finance initiative.

The funding is coming from a combination of The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre’s own reserves, NHS commissioners, some borrowing from government sources and a public fundraising appeal.