A £35 million proton cancer treatment centre is being lined up for Knowledge Quarter Liverpool’s new mixed-use Paddington Village neighbourhood.
The centre, which is expected to be operational by 2018 and will enable the treatment of up to 700 patients each year, is to be located in the Paddington Central are of the 30-acre site.
Named The Rutherford Centre North West, the facility will be based near to where RCP North, the northern headquarters of the Royal College of Physicians, will also be built as part of the £1 billion regeneration.
Mike Moran, chief executive officer of Proton Partners International, initially became interested in the non-intrusive treatment, which uses proton beam therapy, after his brother was diagnosed with cancer.
He says: “As someone born in Liverpool I’m genuinely thrilled Proton Partners International will be part of this exciting new chapter in the city’s history. To see the centre being located where my brother went to school, and after what he went through, is a story that’s come full circle in many ways.
“I know how important Knowledge Quarter Liverpool (KQ Liverpool) is for the city and the entire North of England in creating a site of global significance for the scientific community.
“The Rutherford Cancer Centre North West will not just benefit private patients, but we will also treat patients referred by the NHS in need of more highly specialised cancer care. We are working with global leaders in proton beam therapy – our centres will be equipped with the best technology there is.”
Colin Sinclair, chief executive of KQ Liverpool, is currently part of Liverpool’s biggest ever delegation at MIPIM. He adds: “We are delighted that Proton Partners International has chosen Liverpool ahead of other UK locations and that this state-of-the-art facility will be available to the people of the North West.
“It is also further proof that the city region’s offering in health, science and tech truly is world-class.”