Please refer to our Privacy policy for important information on the use of cookies. By continuing to use this website, you agree to this.

Press Release

    News and Media - Interserve

First patient benefits from NHS’s high energy proton beam centre at the Christie

by Interserve Press Office | Jan 09, 2019

Proton Beam Therapy at the Christie

The first patient to benefit from the NHS’s first high energy Proton Beam Therapy (PBT) Centre has been treated at the Christie Hospital in Manchester.

The PBT Centre in the North West was recently finished by Interserve, the international support services and construction group, and uses an advanced form of radiotherapy for the treatment of complex and hard-to-treat cancers in children and adults.

PBT uses a high-energy beam of protons rather than high-energy X-rays to deliver a dose of radiotherapy. It directs the radiation treatment to precisely where it is needed with minimal damage to surrounding tissue.

The Christie, which worked in partnership with Interserve, was selected by the Department of Health as one of two providers of the service, together with University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The state of the art 15,000 m2 five-storey building has: four treatment rooms; a patient reception; consultation rooms and public space. The building is designed to be future proof with additional space for the Trust to grow into.

The life-changing facility, which will treat around 750 people a year, will also ensure that families will no longer have to endure expensive and stressful travel abroad for treatment.

As this unique project was the first being built in the UK, Interserve had no blueprint to follow so they travelled extensively around the globe to bring the benefit of international expertise and learning to the UK, overcoming many challenges to deliver this world class facility and become experts in delivering this type of facility.

To meet the building’s demanding energy needs, a new sub-station has been built, which provides an equivalent amount of power to that needed to run the nearby Trafford Industrial Park.

The building is the first PBT Centre to target BREEAM excellent. Reclaiming heat from the Proton Beam equipment will make a significant contribution to the BREEAM scoring.

Phil Shaw, divisional director at Interserve Construction in the North West, said: “We are proud to have delivered this life-changing facility which built on our long-term relationship with The Christie with whom we have been construction partners for more than 10 years.

“With the admission of the first patient to the PBT, the Christie passes another significant milestone in the delivery of a life-saving therapy to residents in the North West and beyond and marks another substantial milestone in our long-term relationship with The Christie.”


For more information contact:

Ian Green
PR Manager, Interserve
07740 513535

About Interserve

Interserve is one of the world’s foremost support services and construction companies. Everything we do is shaped by our core values. We are a leader in innovative and sustainable outcomes for our clients and a great place to work for our people. We offer advice, design, construction, equipment, facilities management and frontline public services. Headquartered in the UK and FTSE listed, we have gross revenues of £3.3 billion and a workforce of circa 75,000 people worldwide.

For Interserve news follow: @interservenews
For construction news follow: @IRVconstruction

Share this

Contract wins

Explore a selection of significant contract wins.


Explore our Latest Insight for further blogs, videos and research.

The Lansdowne Topping Out Ceremony

Join the topping out celebrations to mark the completion of the highest part of this multi-storey residential tower on 4th May 2018. Meet the West Midlands Mayor Andy ...

The heart of the workplace experience

The growth of the knowledge economy means we need to think differently about how we approach the workplace.

The power of the human touch

When it comes to workplace experiences, how far can technology go in satisfying the needs of employees and building users?