We are proud to have been chosen as architects for Maggie's Centre, Sheffield, joining the world's leading architects including Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid and Richard Rogers.
The Maggie's Centres are named after Maggie Keswick Jencks, Charles Jencks' wife, who developed a series of pioneering cancer care centres across the UK prior to her death. The Maggie's Centres are designed by leading international architects to create a family of extraordinary buildings.
Maggie’s is about empowering people to live with, through and beyond cancer by bringing together professional help, communities of support and building design to create exceptional centres for cancer care.
We were selected through a competition for the Maggie's Centre in Sheffield. We worked closely with Laura Lee and Marica Blakenham to develop proposals that converted and extended a Victorian villa adjacent to the Hallamshire Hospital in suburban Sheffield.
Maggie's Centres expect a lot of the built environment and hence of their architects. The client team expect "the physical space to do a significant amount of work for us". They are places where people with cancer can draw on personal strengths they may not have realised they had in order to develop their capacity to cope.
"The project didn't proceed beyond the design stage, but its approach deserves some attention nevertheless, as it successfully illustrated aspects of the Maggie’s brief in a unique and thoughtful manner, and one which could still enrich the programme with its density of ideas and in the way it relates to existing architecture.
More perhaps than at any other centre, the materials would have been the defining element at Sheffield. From the blackened stones of the old house through the heavy rammed earth, through the fir plywood boarding of the floors to the ornately decorated cabinets made from recycled washing up bottles and reused furniture drawers appearing embedded in the surfaces. This would have been an intriguing building and one full of surprise and delight."
The Architecture of Hope
Charles Jencks and Edwin Heathcote, 2010