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Steelwork boost for cancer research

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nMCRCMay13Work on the new £28.5M Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC) laboratory facility is under way at the Christie Hospital in south Manchester.

Approximately 500t of structural steelwork is being fabricated, supplied and erected by EvadX working on behalf of main contractor Pochin.

Steel construction will come to the fore on this project as the building features a number of architectural elements best accomplished with a steelwork solution.

The front of the structure has a large cantilevering façade formed with a series of 16m long × 4.4m deep trusses.
Andrew Roberts, EvadX Project Manager said: “The trusses support the second floor of the building, while the first floor in this part of the hospital is hung from them.”

Other façades have raking perimeter columns to achieve the desired sloping walls. This architectural feature will help maximise the footprint of the building as the floorspace increases the higher one goes in the structure.

Once complete next year the facility will house 150 researchers who will work on developing new ideas and treatments. The research will focus on radiation therapy, lung cancer, women’s cancers, melanoma and haematological oncology.

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