Topping out ceremony for radiotherapy centre at Colchester General Hospital

Topping out ceremony for radiotherapy centre being built 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.

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