The Erasmus Medical Centre, the Leiden University Medical Centre and Delft University of Technology established the plan to jointly create a proton centre, primarily for the treatment of cancer patients but also to enable groundbreaking research and teaching. This plan resulted in the creation of the very first particle therapy centre in our country.
Holland Particle Therapy Centre (HollandPTC) provides a new treatment for cancer patients: particle therapy. This treatment is a very precise form of radiation using miniscule charged particles such as protons, also known as proton therapy. Thanks to these particles, tumours can be irradiated more precisely and more effectively, with less damage to surrounding healthy tissue than is possible with conventional treatments.
AT Osborne’s broad role
At AT Osborne, we drew up the requirements catalogue for this unique, new building with its associated detailed investment cost estimates. Since then, our consultants have provided project and process management for HollandPTC’s new-build. We are responsible for the design, obtainment of the necessary permits, the necessary studies, and reaching agreement with the local authorities, landowner and supplier of the proton therapy equipment.
First patients in 2017
The Design team – under our leadership – also includes dJGA, Sweegers en de Bruijn and Aronsohn. At the end of 2014, the technical design was ready and the EU tender process could begin. TBI started construction in May 2015. A year later, Varian Medical Systems started assembling and installing the proton equipment. The first patient treatment is planned for August 2017.
Now that the preferred supplier for the proton radiation equipment has been selected, the design team is working under our management on the definitive design.
Products and recommendations
Functional and Spatial Requirements Catalogue
Technical Requirements Catalogue
EU selection and preparing contracts for designers, consultants, suppliers (imaging equipment, software, proton equipment), contractors
Assisting with the preliminary and definitive design
Obtaining and monitoring permit procedures
Responsible for interface between building and proton equipment
Budget controls/construction cost management
Project and Process Management
The project in numbers
First particle therapy centre in the Netherlands
Bunkers with massive concrete walls > 4m thick
Approx. 8,000 m2 surface area
Investment costs > €100 million
Project management: AT Osborne
Architect: De Jong Gortemaker Algra Architecten
Construction: Aronsohn consulting engineers
Technical consultant: Sweegers en de Bruijn
Supervision: MVR Bouwmanagement
JP van Eesteren
Varian Medical Systems (proton equipment)
Siemens (3x CT, 1x PET-CT)
Philips (1x MRI)
RaySearch Laboratories (Treatment Planning System)
Varian Medical Systems (Oncology Information System)