The vision for the Children's Cancer Centre

The next phase of the GOSH Masterplan will redevelop the Frontage Building and main hospital entrance on Great Ormond Street. Our new bespoke clinical building will be dedicated to caring for children and young people from across the UK with rare and difficult-to-treat cancers.

Currently, our cancer wards and day care services are in different buildings in the older parts of the GOSH estate, meaning it can take up to 20 minutes to get between them. Some of the buildings are over 30 years old and some of the sickest patients undergoing chemotherapy, are treated in Safari Ward in the 1930’s Southwood Building.

Our new centre will include cancer wards, cancer day care, new theatres and intensive care units meaning the specialist teams needed for our patients can all work more closely together. This will improve the quality of our care, reduce risk and allow rapid access in emergencies.

The building will also house new imaging facilities and a specialised chemotherapy pharmacy, to ensure we keep pace with world leading cancer care practice.

Responding to feedback from children and young people

This new facility will mark a step change in the environment we are able to offer. With state-of-the-art single, en-suite rooms which have specialist ventilation and space for parents and carers to stay, children will feel at ease and have room to play and do normal activities. The new centre will also facilitate research and increase our capacity to see and treat patients from across the UK and beyond.

The designs for the centre reflect what children and young people who have been patients at GOSH tell us they want. This includes independence, choice and control, privacy, a home-from-home environment, interactive art and technology, nature to be accessible, and social spaces.

Creating a new entrance for the hospital

Alongside the clinical services, the new building gives us the opportunity to create a new entrance for the hospital and to create a new school for all children who come to GOSH. Based on the ground floor, the school will be highly visible, ensuring that children and parents know that education will be part of everyday life while they stay at hospital. The school includes a performance space and dedicated areas for children according to their age and key stage. There are also treatment rooms so instead of having to return to their wards, children can receive treatment easily while at school.

Outside space for children

Outside space is a key part of the new building. An accessible roof terrace will mean children and their families can play and relax. There are also plans for an Enchanted Forest area with immersive activities to encourage imagination, play and exploration, and a Secret Garden for rest and contemplation. Balconies will also provide much-needed breakout space for staff and families to play and rest.

Help build the Children’s Cancer Centre

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) has launched its Build it. Beat it. appeal to raise money to help build the Children’s Cancer Centre at GOSH, to help drive transformation in children’s cancer care and save more lives.

Find out more about the Build it. Beat it. GOSH charity appeal.