Demolition work will begin shortly to prepare the way for construction of a new two-storey building to house The Christie at Macclesfield cancer centre.
The Christie at Macclesfield will transform cancer care in Cheshire, the High Peak area of Derbyshire and parts of north Staffordshire.
The charity hopes to provide care closer to home for more than 1,500 existing Christie patients per year.
It will bring together essential cancer services into one purpose-built centre, where around 20,000 appointments per year will take place.
This includes radiotherapy, chemotherapy, holistic support and information services, outpatient care, palliative care and a wider range of clinical trials.
The plans for the new cancer centre at Macclesfield District General Hospital were approved by Cheshire East Council in September 2019.
Work on the cancer centre is expected to be completed next year and open for patients in Autumn 2021.
• Piling commences – mid April 2020
• Steel frame commences – July 2020
• External walls and roofing commence – September 2020
• Glazing commences – end of October 2020
• Highway works commence – mid November 2020
• Landscaping commences – February 2021
• Building work complete – summer/autumn 2021
• Trust commissioning complete – autumn 2021
Dr Andrew Sykes, director of clinical oncology and clinical lead for The Christie at Macclesfield, said: “It’s exciting that our team can get started on site and move us a big step closer to this project reaching fruition.
“Lots of people have said how much they want The Christie at Macclesfield and fundraising for the project is gathering momentum but we still need to raise almost £20m.
“The new centre will deliver cancer care to the highest Christie standards, but closer to where patients live.”
Dr Sykes added: “Many patients currently travel to The Christie in south Manchester for their appointments, with long journey times putting tremendous pressure on patients and their families at an already stressful time.”
Planning for the new centre has taken into account the ageing population in Cheshire East, and the predicted increase in demand for specialist cancer services in future years.
The Christie charity supports the work of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust providing enhanced services over and above what is funded by the NHS.
The charity pays for care and treatment, research, education and additional patient services.