Holland Particle Therapy Centre
The Dutch medical centres Erasmus MC and LUMC have joined forces with the Delft University of Technology to open the first treatment centre for proton therapy in The Netherlands by 2017. This medical centre will also contribute to proton therapy research. The building covers circa 8,000m2. Construction is scheduled to start mid-2015. The first patients will be welcomed from 2017 onward. Eventually approximately 600 cancer patients will be treated annually at HollandPTC.
The state-of-the-art design places the most modern high-tech equipment in a humane environment in which patients feel at ease. First-rate specialised care that puts patient well-being central, takes shape in this well-organised building that relates to the human scale.
Daylight that abundantly penetrates into the building through its green and open spaces enhances recovery and well-being of patients.
The central reception area with its glass-façade overlooking the square and the water that surrounds the building is typical for the design that is marked by transparency and tranquillity.
HollandPTC accommodates three proton treatment rooms, a treatment room reserved for research, day-treatment facilities and a terrace. The insulated vegetation roof not only buffers and purifies rainwater, but also subdues outside noise. This contributes to the serenity that characterizes the design.
“Welcoming a patient in a comforting and humane environment is crucial to the design of a radiotherapy clinic. Patients that come here are ill and nervous. We want patients and their families to be at ease. This was fundamental to our design,” says Rob Bouwmeester, senior architect with Gortemaker Algra Feenstra. “In the design-process we not only listened to the prospective users of the building, such as doctors, nurses and patients, but also to the technicians in order to accommodate to their preferences and wishes.”