The London Cancer Hub

The London Cancer Hub has developed and evolved since 2013 with the Partnership comprising of the following organisations:

  • London Borough of Sutton
  • The Institute of Cancer Research
  • Supported by the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Epsom and St Helier NHS Universities Trust and Greater London Authority

The London Cancer Hub site, located in Belmont just to the south of Sutton town centre, comprises circa 26 hectares and is largely actively occupied by the Royal Marsden and Institute of Cancer Research’s (ICR) Sutton campus. They are both world-class institutions. Together they create the 4th largest integrated cancer research and treatment hub in the world. The site also includes Epsom and St Helier Trust Sutton Hospital, located in the centre and north of the site and the London Borough of Sutton. Over the past 10 years, almost all activities from Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust’s Sutton Hospital site have been moved to alternative hospitals. This has created a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to use the entire site in a more efficient and productive way.

For extensive information on the project and the road to success, please explore:

Our Roadmap for The London Cancer Hub

Light version of the Roadmap for The London Cancer Hub

The London Cancer Hub Development Framework

The London Cancer Hub is a major, long-term programme to transform the Sutton site into a world-leading life-science campus specialising in cancer research, treatment, education and enterprise. The total transformation will cost in excess of £1bn over the lifetime of the project and is expected to create more than 13,000 jobs – 7,000 life-science or support jobs, and another 6,200 in the site’s construction. It is one of the most significant regeneration projects in London and will require the coordination of multiple public institutions and private partners.

The projected benefits are huge. The London Cancer Hub will form one of three outstanding life-science districts within London, alongside the White City Campus and the Euston Corridor, site of the Francis Crick Institute. It will also be an important component of the London-Oxford-Cambridge ‘golden triangle’ of life-science research. We anticipate that the development will deliver at least two extra cancer drugs every five years and will contribute around £1.1bn each year to the UK economy.

London Cancer Hub Vision

Our ambition is to create the world’s leading life science district specialising in cancer research and treatment. We plan to deliver an exceptional environment for cancer research that enhances the discovery of new treatments and their development for patients. The London Cancer Hub will create a vibrant community of scientists, economic growth.

The vision is to create an improved, expanded, world-class campus for life sciences in Sutton, south London. The London Cancer Hub is a partnership between The Institute of Cancer Research, London, and the London Borough of Sutton, with the support of The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Epsom and St Helier NHS Universities Trust and the Greater London Authority. The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) and The Royal Marsden will build state-of-the-art facilities that will enhance their global reputation for excellence, and will be joined by a multitude of high-tech enterprises in a network of 10,000 researchers, clinical staff and support staff operating from one site. Working together, this community of scientists and doctors will take new treatments to patients through clinical trials and commercial partnership.

The London Cancer Hub will be a living, breathing community with a school, restaurants and cafes, and hotels and housing for visitors, workers and patients. The transformational design has the potential to deliver around 265,000 square metres of modern facilities in beautiful green space, making the most of the campus’s unique location within London – a global city – but in easy reach of the outstanding Surrey countryside. It will provide attractive working and living space for researchers and clinicians, and an outstanding healing environment for patients

The London Cancer Hub has recently published a draft Development Framework, which has given spatial representation to the vision. View the draft London Cancer Hub Development Framework.


London Cancer Hub Partnership Aims

The Partnership has built on its vision with a series of clear aims that the London Cancer Hub would seek to achieve for all partners:

  1. To create a focal point for talented scientists and clinicians by establishing world-class facilities to attract top researchers and through educating the life-science workforce of the future.
  2. To expand the world-leading cancer research, treatment and care carried out by the ICR and The Royal Marsden – translating ground breaking developments from the laboratory through to patients in the clinic.
  3. To develop an environment that encourages collaboration between disciplines and institutions – for instance by bringing people scientific fields together in the same physical space.
  4. To bridge the public and private sectors by ensuring academic researchers share space with global and local private enterprises within integrated facilities.
  5. To create an outstanding environment for staff and patients by developing a green spine through the site and organising space in a recognisable, easily navigable urban grid.
  6. To deliver a vibrant public space and community, including educational facilities, high-quality amenities and excellent public transport for the benefit of people who work on or visit the site, and the local area.
  7. To deliver this transformation while maintaining continuity of research and patient care by identifying development plots that can be built on over time