London, UK - A new global hub for cancer research and treatment is due to be established in London with the aim of accelerating the discovery of new treatments.
An initial document outlines how The London Cancer Hub will become a world-leading life-science campus specialising in cancer research, treatment, education and enterprise. Based in Sutton, south London, The London Cancer Hub will potentially deliver at least two extra cancer drugs every five years and create more than 13,000 jobs. The initiative aims to bring together 10,000 scientists, clinical and support staff in a vibrant community of collaborating organisations served by research, educational and leisure facilities. It will be a hotbed of talent, offering research and development space for biotech, pharma and software companies, and equipment manufacturers.The local benefits include custom for the local economy, development of supporting transport infrastructure and creation of new jobs and training opportunities for local people. Sutton Council is helping young people to enter the sector by creating a new secondary school on the site which will specialise in the sciences, enabling generations of Sutton students to learn new skills in a cutting-edge facility dedicated to world-leading cancer research.
The London Cancer Hub will be a global centre for cancer innovation providing state-of-the-art facilities and delivering real benefits for patients.
The ambition is to create the world’s leading life-science district specialising in cancer research and treatment. The London Cancer Hub will create a vibrant community of scientists, doctors and innovative companies, intended to deliver real benefits for cancer patients and drive economic growth. The London Cancer Hub is a partnership between The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), London, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and the London Borough of Sutton – working in close collaboration with the Greater London Authority and Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust.
The projected benefits are huge. The London Cancer Hub will form one of three outstanding life-science districts within London, alongside the White City Campus and the Euston Corridor, site of the Francis Crick Institute. It will also be an important component of the London-Oxford-Cambridge ‘golden triangle’ of life-science research. We anticipate that the development will deliver at least two extra cancer drugs every five years and will contribute around £1.1bn each year to the UK economy.
The ICR, The Royal Marsden and the London Borough of Sutton have together carried out a feasibility study for The London Cancer Hub, which has established eight key principles for the project:
1. To create a focal point for talented scientists and clinicians by establishing world-class facilities to attract top researchers and through educating the life-science workforce of the future.
2. To expand the world-leading cancer research, treatment and care carried out by the ICR and The Royal Marsden – translating groundbreaking discoveries from the laboratory through to patients in the clinic.
3. To develop an environment that encourages collaboration between disciplines and institutions – for instance by bringing people from different scientific fields together in the same physical space.
4. To bridge the public and private sectors by ensuring academic researchers share space with global and local private enterprises within integrated facilities.
5. To create an outstanding environment for staff and patients by developing a green spine through the site and organising space in a recognisable, easily navigable urban grid.
6. To deliver a vibrant public space and community, including educational facilities, high-quality amenities and excellent public transport, for the benefit of people who work on or visit the site, and the local area.
7. To deliver this transformation while maintaining continuity of research and patient care by identifying development plots that can be built on over time with minimal disruption to users.
8. To create opportunities for people living in Sutton by developing unused brownfield land to boost the local economy, improve local transport links and create thousands of jobs with a career ladder that starts from the secondary school planned for the site.