Wardray Premise delivers shielding for 1st UK CyberKnife®Top
Wardray Premise were delighted to gain the contract to install heavy lead shielding for the UK’s 1st installation in London’s Harley Street.
The CyberKnife® is part of HCA’s £15m development programme for the Harley Street Clinic complex. The machine works in conjunction with CT cancer mapping technology and calculates how much radiotherapy a tumour needs to destroy all cancer cells without harming surrounding tissue. It can treat tumours that were previously very difficult and sometimes dangerous to treat with direct radiotherapy – such as cancer of the spine.
HCA had discussions with English Heritage and Westminster City Council about the positioning of the CyberKnife® in a specially constructed basement under listed buildings. Wardray’s contract included calculations, design, build, test and final commission of the shielded room.
Working alongside Hugo Appleby, the installation was logistically challenging due to the age of the buildings and narrow access routes. The steel joists were installed in front of the shielded walls to support a steel framework above. Steel sheets cover the frame and support 11 layers of lead bricks to shield the ceiling. The 6m x 6m enclosure required a range of shielding thicknesses. Approximately 300 tonnes of lead bricks were used in the walls, ceiling and an 18 tonne sliding pneumatic door.
Wardray Premise Director, Sheila Wardley said:
” We are immensely proud to have been involved in such a unique and prestigious project, the first of its kind in the UK. This contract demonstrates our ability to deliver, on time and on budget, a complex project alongside other major contractors. ”
Wardray Premise were pleased to donate a Relax & View® skylight image. This illuminated scene has helped to transform a windowless basement into a light and airy space. This creates a relaxing atmosphere and focal point for patients during treatment.
The clinic opened at the beginning of February. For more information visit their website: http://www.cyberknifecentrelondon.co.uk