The 19th of June 2018 will be remembered as a key date in the development of the UCLH Proton Beam Therapy Centre in London. The cyclotron, central piece of equipment for proton beam therapy, was successfully installed four storeys underground after careful preparation of the site.
After almost nine years working with the design and construction team, the installation of the core equipment marks a special day which reminds everyone involved of the importance of this project. From this moment, the completion of the building is becoming closer and by 2020 it will start providing the most advanced treatment for cancer patients in the UK.
The 90-tonne cyclotron has been called Lise, “honouring Lise Meitner’s pioneering work in radioactivity and nuclear physics, including her role in the discovery of nuclear fission in the 1930s” (UCLH website).
The complex deep basement which now houses the cyclotron was finished in 2017 and the project has received the 2018 Ground Engineering “UK Project with a Geotechnical Value of over £15M” Award.