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Welcome to the consultation hub for our plans for a new cancer centre in Chelsea

 Leading cancer research and treatment since 1851

At The Royal Marsden, we deal with cancer every day, so we understand how valuable life is. And when people entrust their lives to us, they have the right to demand the very best.

That’s why the pursuit of excellence lies at the heart of everything we do. No matter what we achieve, we’re always striving to do more. No matter how much we exceed expectations, we believe we can exceed them still further. We will never stop looking for ways to improve the lives of people affected by cancer. This attitude defines us all and is an inseparable part of the way we work. It’s The Royal Marsden way.

Our home in central London is an iconic building situated right in the heart of Chelsea. We are proud to be a part of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea – as a world-leading cancer centre, as an employer and as a neighbour. That’s why we are currently exploring proposals to sensitively add to the Chelsea site, respecting the rich heritage and history of our buildings, so that we can secure the hospital’s future in the borough for the long-term.

This webpage is where you can learn more about our early proposals to add a new Cancer Centre to our Chelsea site and keep up to date as the plans progress. It will also be where information about public consultation events is hosted in the future.

Our vision is to expand surgical capacity and help more patients access our world-leading care 

To do this we are proposing to improve and extend the Chelsea site to ensure that The Royal Marsden is well-equipped to continue its life-saving treatment, diagnostics, and research.

We want to expand our capacity, modernise our facilities, and provide state-of-the-art technologies within a building which works better for both patients and staff. These innovations won’t just help our patients in Chelsea but will be spread around the world to transform patients’ experience everywhere.

We are proposing to create a new Cancer Centre that will improve every part of a patient’s cancer journey – from diagnosis, through treatment, to living with and beyond cancer.

We also need to grow to meet the increasing demand for our services and still have the space to conduct our practice-changing research. The disease claims around 165,000 lives every year in the UK. We already see around 60,000 patients every year, and conservative estimates show a 2 per cent growth in cancer cases per year nationally.

We cannot afford to slow our pace and have no intention of curbing our ambition. Our research is opening new possibilities in cancer treatment that were unimaginable even a decade ago. We need to expand and modernise so that we can realise these opportunities and improve every part of the cancer experience for patients across the UK and around the world.

Our Ambitions


This would primarily be a donor-funded project, made possible by the generosity of supporters of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

We have four key ambitions for this project:

Help more people to survive cancer, locally and globally, through essential treatment and research.

Be there for more people who need us by increasing our clinical capacity.

Improve every part of a patient’s cancer journey – from diagnosis, through to precision treatment and care, to living with, and beyond, cancer.

Chelsea is our home in central London, and we want to secure our future in the borough for the long-term.

Where we are now and what’s coming soon


We are at the very beginning of this process, undertaking feasibility studies, exploring options, and working out the broad parameters for what we think could be delivered at Chelsea.

There are several steps to work through before we bring plans forward for public consultation – starting with the competitive appointment of an architect to develop more detailed concepts about what the new centre could look like and how it could be delivered.

So far, we have undertaken some initial assessments to set the parameters for the project but have not undertaken detailed design work. This early work includes a heritage assessment and other reports which have helped us to understand the constraints and opportunities for this site.

In June 2022, we are launching a competitive process to bring on board architects to design the new Cancer Centre. The brief we have developed takes account of the assessments to date and sets out our vision.

Once this design work has progressed, we will consult with the local community, patients, and our staff to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to provide their feedback on the proposals. This will ensure that the public have a say in what our new Cancer Centre will look like and help us to ensure we remain a good neighbour to local people and businesses.


Contact us


If you would like to contact our consultation team at this stage, please fill out the enquiry form below or use the Freephone line or email address and a member of the team will respond to you.

Phone Number

0800 092 1866