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Developing our plans

Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital (CCRH) is part of the Government's New Hospitals Programme.

Architect image of CCRH
Architect image of CCRH.

The Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital (CCRH) had the first stage of its business case (the Strategic Outline Case) approved by the Department for Health and Social Care and NHS England & NHS Improvement in December 2021.

The project had the second stage of its business case, its Outline Business Case (OBC), approved by NHS England, the Department of Health and Social Care and HM Treasury in August 2023. This details the vision and benefits the hospital will offer to patients across the East of England.

Work is already progressing on our Full Business Case, a decisive step in making this project a reality.

The government approval of the Outline Business Case provides backing for the CCRH scheme, as part of the government’s commitment to build 40 new hospitals by 2030.

“The proposed new seven-story specialist building will foster collaboration between hospital staff and researchers to help secure ground-breaking discoveries and encourage cutting-edge treatments for patients."

Lord Markham, Health Minister

The specialist cancer research facility planned for the Cambridge Biomedical Campus is set to be the first hospital delivered in the East of England as part of the Government’s New Hospital Programme.

Designing the hospital

A key design principle for CCRH is to make the building feel less like a hospital and more like a welcoming and calm space. We are working with award-winning, international architects NBBJ to achieve this.

We are an ideas-driven design firm with an empathetic process. Our work is rooted in research, making and the belief that all voices should be heard.


We have several working groups of clinicians and support staff who meet regularly to review each area of the hospital to ensure it is fit for purpose now and in the future of cancer services. Our Patient Advisory Group share their personal experiences to guide our design and we talk through patient journeys together to understand how our building can make their care better.