Architeture, BIM, Cancer Treatment, H+A, Healthcare design, Middle East, UAE

H+A to design first Proton Beam Therapy cancer treatment centre in the Middle East

Newly launched healthcare and hospitality architecture practice, H+A, has been appointed to design the region’s first Protom Beam Therapy cancer treatment centre in Abu Dhabi.

The US$60 million Abu Dhabi Proton Centre (ADPC) will be set on the SBK Holding LLC site in the UAE’s capital, the Holding Company of High Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, advisor to the President of the UAE.  The new cancer centre will become part of the existing Gulf International Cancer Centre (GICC).

H+A’s building is designed to house the compact Proton Therapy solution in addition to other facilities including a cafe, anesthetic rooms, treatment rooms, ‘zen’ gardens to aid recovery of cancer patients, and a dosimetry facility.

The centre will also include a conference facility which seats 200 people, offices for consulting specialists, as well an additional car park. H+A will also be providing interior design and landscaping services.

Stas Louca, H+A’s managing director described the centre’s design as a “truly contemporary and modern piece of architecture”, explaining that the use of glass for the facade enabled better light penetration as well as optimising outdoor views.

“We’ve created a patient experience with a high-end hospitality feel,” said Louca. “We looked at everything from materials to colours to lighting, all of which affect healing time.

“We used glass for better light and views and quality of materials are low maintenance, sustainable and high performing to surpass insulation criteria.”

He also  added that the use of BIM allowed for a faster design process.


“It was an exceptionally fast design, using BIM. We used an integration of software tools, including augmented reality, to meet project timelines.

The most exciting part for us was not many healthcare architects have ever designed a proton beam facility, and to be the first in the region has been a privilege.

Stass also explained that due to the sensitive nature of the project, the firm had to work with a number of design specialists to inform the overall design of the facility.

“This was a very complicated project dealing with such advanced equipment. We had to work with a number of design specialists for the radiation screening bunker to protect staff and patients. The radiation shielding blocks will be imported from the U.S by Veritas and the equipment is provided by IBA from Belgium. The technology for the shielding blocks in a unique innovation and a first for the region.”

designMENA is awaiting further details about the design of the centre. 

H+A launched its multidisciplinary firm last week, run by two former Perkins+Will architects Stas Louca and David Lessard, focusing on the hospitality and healthcare sector.