21 February 2023

We are excited to announce that the Ulster Hospital Macmillan Unit, a specialist chemotherapy and cancer support centre, has been shortlisted for the AJ Retrofit 2023 awards under the Health and Community category.

This project, undertaken in collaboration with Whittaker & Watt Architects, is an exemplary retrofit project providing a striking new facility that enhances the environment in which quality care is provided for people affected by cancer in the local community. It combines a full remodelling of the upper floor of the existing 1960s building with a roof extension providing daylight and views for patients receiving care.

This is a key example of Avanti’s commitment to creative re-use of existing buildings across healthcare estates where we are helping our clients regenerate existing infrastructure in a way that is sustainable, minimises embodied carbon and transforms patient care for the 21st century.

The refurbished element accommodates a new entrance with double height atrium, feature stair, main reception, waiting area, pharmacy, assessment and triage cluster and administration. The new build roof extension provides a chemotherapy treatment area, which benefits from good daylight and pleasant views out over and the surrounding countryside.

The facility is enhanced by open social spaces, patient accessible landscaped terraces and integrated artwork. It offers uninterrupted views but has been carefully planned to promote privacy and dignity whilst enabling social interaction between patients and staff which is fundamental to offering a supportive and relaxed therapeutic environment. This area also houses the new Macmillan Information and Support Area which provides crucial help, information, and support to patients and those caring for them


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Sustainable retrofit of an existing 1960s block to provide a new cancer care centre