Crawley- Elekta Ltd, a world-leading manufacturer of treatment solutions for cancer and brain disorders, has been granted planning permission to build a new multi-million pound Centre of Excellence Campus building in Crawley.
The new Cornerstone facility will be built adjacent to Elekta’s existing site on Manor Royal where the first commercially-produced linear accelerator (linac) was invented and the state-of-the art version is currently produced.
The Centre of Excellence Campus will be an international hub celebrating radiotherapy excellence; inspiring health care engineering ingenuity and maintaining the momentum of British innovation.
Work on the site is expected to begin within a matter of months with the opening scheduled for 2017.
Bill Yaeger, Elekta’s Executive Vice President, Oncology, says: “This is wonderful news for Elekta, Crawley, the South East and the global oncology community. We have worked hard to share our vision far and wide. Here in Crawley the local community has been extremely supportive. We are very grateful for their feedback and encouragement. We have spoken with people from all walks of life and incorporated their views and opinions wherever possible.
“The timing couldn’t be better. Wednesday is World Cancer Day - a unique opportunity to raise awareness and implement innovative new treatments in the global fight against cancer. Giving Cornerstone the go-ahead gives us all new hope as we work together to change oncology treatment for the better.
“We are very grateful for the team of professionals who worked so hard to meet the planning process requirements. And we are especially thankful to all members of the council who share our vision to celebrate Crawley’s rightful claim as the global hub of innovation in radiotherapy engineering.”
More than 100 people visited and rubbed shoulders with GP and Breakfast TV’s Dr Hilary Jones. Dr. Hilary attended the business networking lunch on the day, along with invited local business guests.
He also took part in a question and answer session whilst local business leaders, Jeremy Taylor of Gatwick Diamond Business and Steve Sawyer of the Manor Royal Business District, gave short presentations about ‘Crawley and Our Future Together’.
Dr. Hilary Jones said: “Like many, I had little appreciation of just what an incredible contribution Crawley has made in the global fight against cancer. As a GP, I have a professional interest in the latest innovations as we continue to treat patients with this devastating disease. It’s exciting to think that, thanks to Cornerstone, Crawley will be at the forefront of the global future of cancer treatment for many years to come.”