HKR Architects appointed to design the first proton beam therapy treatment clinic in the United Arab Emirates

Leading international architecture and design practice, HKR Architects has been appointed by Proton Partners International Healthcare Investments LLC to design the first Proton Beam Therapy Clinic in the United Arab Emirates. The Proton Centre will be connected to the existing Gulf International Cancer centre in Al Shahama area in Abu Dhabi.

Proton Beam Therapy is considered the most advanced and targeted cancer radiotherapy treatment, by limiting the collateral damage of radiation to other vital organs in the body. It is also said to have a lower risk of side effects.

HKR’s approach to the design of the clinic focuses on creating treatment environments that give patients a more positive outlook to life, with adaptable new technologies tailor made to cater for patient’s needs.

The Centre which will have the IBA recently developed compact Proton Therapy (PT) solution named Proteus®ONE as well as other facilities which include, a café, anaesthetic rooms, treatment rooms, tranquil gardens to aid recovery of cancer patients, dosimetry, conference rooms and offices for consulting specialists, landscaping and additional parking. It will also include the introduction of a new Linear accelerator (LINAC) as an extension of the Gulf international cancer centre in Abu Dhabi.

Kola Ojeyomi, Director of HKR Architects comments:

We are extremely pleased to be part of such an exciting project in the UAE.  This redevelopment brings an exciting opportunity to annunciate the facility as a world-stage medical centre in the treatment of cancer illnesses – a building of both local and national importance.”

Dr. Mahdi Al Fardan, Chairman of Proton Partners International Healthcare Investments LLC continues:

“This Centre will bring a state of the art cancer treatment facility to the UAE for the benefit of all its citizens.”

Conceptually, the new development will appear as a single NEW integrated facility, linked by a new exo-skeletal veil which delivers an exciting and iconic new identity – an oasis in an undeveloped landscape.

The new structure will deliver the following opportunities:

  • Define the new centre as a local landmark
  • Integration of energy efficient technologies, to offset the costs associated with cooling demand
  • Integration of shading structures and mashrabiya to bring a hint of tradition to the appearance of the building
  • Integration of a variety of different spaces, both internal and external to deliver amenity and tranquillity

Proton Partners International Healthcare Investments LLC is a company formed by local investors and international cancer and healthcare specialists. It is committed to providing innovative cancer care. The centre will also be the first to offer high energy proton beam therapy in the UAE. In addition to proton beam therapy, the centre will offer radiotherapy, chemotherapy, imaging and wellbeing services.

Proton Partners International Healthcare Investments LLC works with internationally renowned healthcare technology partners, including Philips, IBA, and Electa to ensure that the centre is equipped to the highest specification.

HKR Architects was established in 1992 and has since grown to become a world leading international architecture and design practice delivering exceptional design, value engineering and lead design consultancy to its clients. For further information about HKR Architects please visit