Architecture and design

Built in 2017 and the world's first engineered hardwood building, Maggie’s Oldham is clad in tulipwood, and has an interior that is just as inovative and beautiful.

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The building

Designed by Alex de Rijke of dRMMthe Oldham Centre is a one-storey building supported over its garden by steel legs. Clad in corrugated, thermally treated tulipwood, and with the same wood worked into cross laminated timber to create the main load-bearing structure, the building is as lovely to look at as it is to use; the door fixings are timber too and the kitchen fetaures an enormous plank of walnut as a worksurface.

The internal space can be subdivided by a series of curtains, while the tree growing through the Centre brings nature inside. To the north there's a view across Oldham to the Pennines and their ever-changing weather. 

 

The garden

The garden at Maggie’s Oldham flows below the building into a walled and secluded woodland sanctuary. Garden designer Rupert Muldoon drew inspiration for the surrounding Pennines to plant a textured, ephemeral wilderness, which is also ornamental and composed of highly scented flowers and shrubs. The greenhouse and potted herb garden offer a more social place with the opportunity of some hands-on gardening for Centre visitors.