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Maggie’s Centres planned for Scotland and Wales

Maggie’s Centres planned for Scotland and Wales

Two new Maggie’s Cancer Centres could open in the UK after plans were unveiled for landmark buildings in south east Wales and Scotland.

NORD Architecture has been given the green light for a new centre in the grounds of Forth Valley Royal Hospital, while Dow Jones Architects has submitted a planning application for a second development at the Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff.

Both will provide a purpose-built environment for cancer patients and their families.

The Forth Valley scheme will be the 9th Maggie’s Centre to open in Scotland, with Maggie’s Aberdeen having opened in September last year and a development in Lanarkshire due to open this autumn.

The design of the building has been inspired by wrought iron Victorian pavilions and makes references to the area’s strong links with the iron industry.

It will be the first Maggie’s Centre to be situated beside a loch, nestled in 70 acres of mature woodland previously occupied by the Royal Scottish National Hospital. There will also be a network of pathways and stunning views over the loch and Ochre Hills.

Maggie’s chief executive, Laura Lee, said: “It is a beautiful location for one of our centres and one I am sure will make an impact on our visitors.

“The plans for Maggie’s Forth Valley are fresh and exciting and now we have planning permission I know it won’t be long before we open another Maggie’s Centre providing an uplifting environment where people can find vital support.”

Commenting on the design approach, Alan Pert of NORD Architecture added: “How to establish relationships between an ornamental loch, a new Maggie’s Centre and its expansive surroundings is the main concern of our design.

“A series of rooms are wrapped by a veranda, which creates a shaded space for leisurely promenade and a place to shelter from the rain. Placed in a commanding position next to the ornamental loch the colonnaded pavilion differs from many previous Maggie’s Centres, which have had to create a landscape setting for the building.

“The veranda acts as a mediating space between the expansive landscape setting and the internal layout, which is arranged to offer a retreat and places of intimacy from the vastness of the outside world, while being able to celebrate the beauty of the expansive surroundings and all the hopes that the outside has to offer.”

The centre is being built as a result of fundraising by participants in The MoonWalk Scotland and is due to open next spring.

Also in the pipeline is a new centre alongside the Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff.

A planning application has been submitted by Dow Jones Architects which describes a building full of light and open space, located in a mature garden with views over the surrounding landscape, and built from the same sandstone as the nearby hills. The interior will be lined with fragrant cedarwood, creating a range of spaces reflecting traditional Welsh architecture.

The rooms inside the building will be built around a central courtyard, opening into woodland gardens, which will be designed by Cleve West, a Royal Horticultural Society medallist and Best in Show winner at the Chelsea Flower Show. The gardens will include spaces to grow food and walk among the trees.

Lee said: “The emotional and practical impact on people with a cancer diagnosis and their families and friends is devastating as they face one of life's biggest challenges. Applying for planning permission brings us a step closer to Maggie’s South East Wales becoming a reality.”



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