Topping out ceremony for radiotherapy centre at Colchester General Hospital

Topping out ceremony for radiotherapy centre being built at Colchester General Hospital Credit: PA Images

A topping out ceremony will be held today to mark the completion of the main structure of the £25m radiotherapy centre being built at Colchester General Hospital.

Radiotherapy Manager Sonia Tankard and Head of Radiotherapy Physics Mark Porter will hoist a branch of a fir tree to the highest point of the two-storey building - a traditional construction industry ritual to bring good luck.

Dr Sally Irvine, Chair of Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, said: "The topping out ceremony marks a significant milestone in the development of this major project, which is on schedule and within budget.

"The new centre will include the most up-to-date equipment and is tremendous news for the people of north east and mid-Essex for whom we provide radiotherapy services."

The new development will replace the current radiotherapy centre at Essex County Hospital.