The Maggie Keswick Jencks Cancer Caring Centres Trust is a company limited by guarantee Company Number: SC162451
Architecture and design is vital to the care that Maggie's offers, as evidence shows that an uplifting environment can reduce stress and anxiety.
Barts NHS Trust chose the site for Maggie's that would make the Centre most effective, close to the Oncology ward and with easy access to the hospital entrance.
In building Maggie's at Barts we recognised the need to create a building that is a fitting neighbour to the important historic buildings of Barts, including the Great Hall. Our plans were supported by English Heritage, who point to improvements the building will make, including the restoration of key architectural features such as the period quoins.
We commissioned leading architect Steven Holl to design the Centre to sit alongside the Great Hall. He has significant experience of designing buildings that live alongside other buildings, always ensuring the new building complements those around it.
Our plans included the demolition of a 1960s extension to the North Wing and the erection of a three-storey "urban townhouse" full of open space and light created through a layering of materials. The exterior works in harmony with the interior and has been very carefully thought out - allowing natural light to wash over the floors and walls, ever changing through the natural daylight pattern of the seasons.