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

“This is an important milestone in plans to build a new specialist cancer hospital in Cambridge, which will improve cancer care, speed up diagnosis and save more lives."

Edward Argar, Minister of State for Health

The CCRH delivery team expect to submit the next stage of the business case process (the Outline Business Case) in summer 2022.

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.