Demolition work will begin shortly at Macclesfield District General Hospital to prepare the way for construction of a new two storey building to house the proposed Christie at Macclesfield cancer centre. 

Site hoardings for the cancer centre are already in place and nearby residents were invited to a ‘Meet the Contractor’ event last week (06 February) to find out more about the plans. 

Residents were given a sneak preview of the proposed interiors for the new cancer centre, although these are for illustrative purposes and not all the interior design and furnishings have been finalised. 

The site manager for contractor Galliford Try and representatives of The Christie and East Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust briefed residents on the extensive arrangements that have been made to minimise disruption during the project. Galliford Try has signed up to the Considerate Constructors Scheme and all contractors will be encouraged to be considerate of nearby residents. 

To reduce the number of lorries on the road, building rubble will be crushed on-site and reused as part of the piling mat for the new building. It is estimated that this will reduce the need for approximately 300-350 lorry movements during the first three months of the work. There will also be dedicated parking for construction staff and a holding area on the A537 near Chelford Road to ensure that lorries arrive on the site in a planned and managed way. 

The plans for the new cancer centre were approved by East Cheshire Council in September 2019. 

The Christie at Macclesfield will transform cancer care in Cheshire, the High Peak area of Derbyshire and parts of North Staffordshire, providing care closer to home for more than 1,500 existing Christie patients a year. 

It will bring together essential cancer services into one purpose-built centre delivering local specialist access to radiotherapy, chemotherapy, holistic support and information services, outpatient care, palliative care and a wider range of clinical trials. Around 20,000 appointments per year will take place at the new centre. 

Dr Andrew Sykes, director of clinical oncology and clinical lead for The Christie at Macclesfield, said: “It’s exciting that our team can get started on site and move us a big step closer to this project reaching fruition. Lots of people have said how much they want The Christie at Macclesfield and fundraising for the project is gathering momentum but we still need to raise almost £20m. The new centre will deliver cancer care to the highest Christie standards, but closer to where patients live. 

“Many patients currently travel to The Christie in South Manchester for their appointments, with long journey times putting tremendous pressure on patients and their families at an already stressful time.” 

Planning for the new centre has taken into account East Cheshire’s ageing population and the predicted increase in demand for specialist cancer services in future years. Patients identified as being frail will receive additional support. 

Work on the cancer centre is expected to be completed next year and open for patients in Autumn 2021. Key dates include: 

  • Piling commences - mid April 2020
  • Steel frame commences – July 2020
  • External walls and roofing commence - September 2020
  • Glazing commences - end of October 2020
  • Highway works commence - mid November 2020
  • Landscaping commences - February 2021
  • Building work complete Summer/Autumn 2021
  • Trust commissioning complete – Autumn 2021 

For details of how you can support The Christie Cancer Centre at Macclesfield fundraising appeal, go to www.christies.org/macclesfield 

The Christie charity supports the work of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust providing enhanced services over and above what the NHS funds. This includes money for care and treatment, research, education and extra patient services. Gifts from the public make a huge difference to the care and treatment that The Christie is able to provide to patients and their families. 

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust was the first specialist trust to be rated as ‘Outstanding’ twice (in 2016 and 2018) by the health regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC). It referred to The Christie as ‘a leader in cancer care’ and ‘a pioneer in developing innovative solutions to cancer care.’ The CQC praised the Trust’s staff which it said ‘go the extra mile to meet the needs of patients and their families’ and that they were ‘exceptionally kind and caring.’ In 2017, the CQC rated The Christie as the best specialist trust in the country, and one of the top three trusts overall in England.