Royal HaskoningDHV supports Danish proton therapy

23 December 2015

To provide cancer patients with specialised radiation treatment options, the Danish Parliament approved the Danish National Particle Centre, which will house Denmark’s first proton particle therapy capabilities. One of the tender winners for the design and construction side of the project is engineering consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV. The firm will be charged with developing the housing for the proton beam equipment, as well as plan the energy efficiency and safety features of the building.

In 2011 the Danish Parliament agreed to establish the Danish National Particle Centre, the first centre delivering particle therapy centre in Denmark. A panel of experts decided that the centre would be located at the Aarhus University Hospital, and in 2014 tenure bids started for the establishment of the Danish Centre for Particle Therapy.

The new centre will provide proton particle therapy, most often used to treat cancers. The therapy uses a highly focused high energy beam of protons to damage predominantly cancerous cells. Because the beam is narrow, it has a low level of scattering and can be controlled for penetration depth. As a result, damage to other human tissue is lower than with conventional radiation treatment – thus reducing short and long term side effects of radiation treatment. The centre is planning to see their first patient in 2019 and will have a capacity of at least 1,000 patients per year.

Royal HaskoningDHV supports Danish proton therapy

Royal HaskoningDHV has been selected to be part of a team of organisations that are charged with the design and construction of the national centre. The new centre will be housed in a specialised 9,000 m2 building, which will include a proton accelerator, treatment rooms, research space, and facilities for patients, caregivers and clinical staff. The consulting firm will provide design and construction services to house the delicate proton equipment. The contract value for Royal HaskoningDHV is €2.4 million, with the start of construction planned for 2016.

The firm will be designing the building to meet the stringent energy efficiency standards set out by Danish law, and with safety also a critical concern – the design of the proton housing will have walls and ceilings three meters thick. Toon Braam, Project Director at Royal HaskoningDHV, explains: “We worked closely with the equipment supplier to minimise risks. Careful planning is required to avoid damage to the proton accelerator during construction and we have ensured the building provides the required protection against radiation.”

“The construction of the Danish Centre for Particle Therapy is a unique, high-profile project and represents an important milestone for cancer treatment in the country,” adds Steffen Boye, Manager at Hoffmann A/S who is leading the construction team. “Royal HaskoningDHV brings considerable experience and expertise in the design and construction of hospital buildings, and contributed to the successful selection of our team on the basis of quality, experience and price.”


Capgemini provides IT services for BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines

24 April 2019

BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines has confirmed a five-year contract with Capgemini to take over the provision of a spectrum of IT services in the UK. The deal will help BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines reduce the cost of IT from its base in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria.

Since the firm’s UK profits were found to have halved in 2018, Capgemini has been working to improve its offering and attract new clients. In the summer, the global IT services consultancy combined a number of its creative wings to form Capgemini Invent, while a deal with Amazon Web Services enabled the firm to improve its cost-saving digital offering to clients looking for IT outsourcing work.

In the last year, Capgemini has subsequently won a series of contracts leveraging its IT delivery services on behalf of a variety of entities. The firm partnered with Statoil to deliver digital innovation across the company, as well as taking a role to innovate the fan experience of the Rugby World Cup 7s tournament, and replacing Atos as the IT services provider of McDonald’s

Capgemini provides IT services for BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines

Now, the firm has continued this surge of new business with the confirmation of a partnership with BAE Systems, which will see Capgemini collaborate on a key defence contract. Capgemini’s five-year contract with BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines will see Capgemini take over the provision of a spectrum of IT services for the BAE wing in the UK, including service orchestration, networking, hosting, end-user computing, DevOps, reporting and analytics, automation, and a digital service desk.

BAE Systems has been looking to improve its bottom line in the UK in recent years, and the move is aimed at transforming its Maritime-Submarines business IT delivery, allowing the company to take advantage of innovative digital technologies, create better user experiences, ensure high service availability, and reduce the cost of IT, from its base in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria. Capgemini’s IT solution was selected because of its ability to support the company’s evolving requirements, including the need to further enhance the responsiveness of the IT service, and effectiveness and agility of the delivery model.

Stephen Cole, CIO, BAE Systems Submarines, said, “As we embarked on this critical programme for our Submarines business that will deliver improved agile digital services, world-class service transformation and orchestration capabilities underpinned by very strong references were essential in our selection process. We are confident that Capgemini met these requirements and is the right partner for us. The team really understands where we are trying to get to as a business and its collaborative approach alongside its commitment to developing skills in the local area were paramount to our decision.”

Paul Margetts, Managing Director, UK Business Unit at Capgemini, added, “We are delighted to expand upon our business relationship with BAE Systems. Having worked with the company over the past four years, we have seen the tremendous opportunities for change that this programme presents and are hugely excited to be part of the journey at BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines, to help the company make a step change and satisfy new business requirements. We also look forward to increasing our involvement with the local North West community and Barrow in particular.”