STRUCTURE: Staff at East Surrey Hospital performed a traditional “topping out” ceremony for its new state of the art radiotherapy facility in Redhill this month.

Kier Construction began work on the £10 project in March. The unit is due to start treating people next spring.

It is a joint project between Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust and the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford.

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare chief executive Michael Wilson said: “Our patients needing radiotherapy currently have to a 46 mile round trip to Guildford for treatment. The new unit means they will now be able to have their treatment much closer to home and in a brand new modern facility.”

Royal Surrey County chief executive Nick Moberly added: “I am thrilled to be celebrating the topping out of our radiotherapy building. I am looking forward to being here again next spring to celebrate the official opening.”

The traditional topping out ceremony is an old tradition in the building trade. It is often accompanied by the planting of a tree which symbolises bringing life to the building and takes place when a building is structurally complete.