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Date: 23 November 2021

RUH ask local community to help 'Name the Crane' working on the new Dyson Cancer Centre

A tower crane has arrived on site to help build the new Dyson Cancer Centre, and the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust is asking for your help to give it a name.

The arrival of the 40m high crane marks a milestone in progress towards the new Centre, as work starts on constructing the framework for the three storey building. Scheduled to open in Autumn 2023, the Dyson Cancer Centre will provide cancer services for over half a million people in the South West.

Libby Walters, Director of Finance and Senior Responsible Officer for the project, said: "Situated at the front of the hospital, where the Dyson Cancer Centre will take shape, our new crane can't be missed. It will be with us for while, so when we shared a few pictures of the crane hard at work, our community told us it definitely needed a name!

"We're building something really special at the RUH; a nurturing and therapeutic environment where we can continue to provide high quality cancer care to patients, and their loved ones can receive all the support they need. "Once complete, the new Dyson Cancer Centre will bring together the majority of the RUH's cancer services, including research, under one roof, providing oncology, chemotherapy and radiotherapy services and a 22-bed inpatient ward.

"We're looking for a crane name with imagination, humour and originality - so I'm afraid we've already ruled out Craney McCraneface!

"We're really fortunate that our hospital is situated in such a great spot, within walking distance of Bath but with beautiful Kelston Roundhill and the rolling landscape of Lansdown in sight. The views from the top of the crane are quite spectacular."

You can send your ideas along with a quick explanation about why you are suggesting this name to by Friday 10 December. Along with our construction partner Kier we'll pick a winner.

The crane, a TC1- WOLFF WK6017.6, can lift up to 8 tonnes and has a jib of 50m - that's the horizontal arm that swings around.

You can find out more and follow the progress of the new Centre on the RUH website and on our social media accounts:


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