Maggie’s Yorkshire Centre Leeds, Yorkshire Cancer Care, Bexley Wing St James’s University Hospital, England

Maggie’s Yorkshire Centre, Leeds

St James’s University Hospital Development, West Yorkshire design by Heatherwick Studio, UK

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Maggie’s Leeds by Heatherwick Studio – photo © Hufton+Crow

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Maggie’s Yorkshire Centre

Design: Heatherwick Studio

Location: Bexley Wing, at St James’s University Hospital, Leeds, West Yorkshire, Northern England, UK

Maggie’s Yorkshire Centre by Heatherwick Studio in Leeds Starts on Site

Maggie’s Yorkshire Centre, building by Heatherwick Studio
images courtesy of architects

The Centre’s innovative design consists of a series of contained gardens that will capture the therapeutic effect of plants and contrast with the more formal surrounding hospital buildings. The design will create a warm, informal interior space as well as an inspiring exterior to encourage positivity among Centre visitors and passers-by.

Maggie’s Yorkshire Centre, Leeds building by Heatherwick Studio

The building will take the form of a collection of stepped planter elements, each holding a piece of garden, bringing the planting into and over the building itself. Shared and private internal spaces will be playfully created between and within the planters.

Maggie’s Yorkshire Centre, Leeds building design

Heatherwick Studio’s building design provides the setting for the surrounding gardens which will be created by award-winning landscape designer Marie-Louise Agius of Balston Agius.

The focus on greenery is logical for a centre based on health and healing. Some recent Maggie’s Centres have some wonderful pockets of greenery, with Maggie’s Centre Gartnavel by Rem Koolhaas’ OMA standing out, where the whole building rotates around, and looks onto, a central green space.
The first schemes by Richard Murphy (Edinburgh) and Page\Park Architects (Inverness) had gentle external gardens, whereas more recent centres are starting to bring greenery inside. A lovely example is the Maggie’s cancer centre in Oldham where the building floats over a new landscape, with a cluster of small trees popping up into the heart of the project.

Maggie’s Yorkshire Centre, Leeds building Heatherwick Studio

The design reminds me of the studio’s recent Learning Hub in Singapore, though obviously a lot lower.

Heatherwick Studio’s work includes the award-winning UK Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010, the Olympic Cauldron for the London 2012 Olympic Games, joint design with BIG of the new Google Headquarters at Kings Cross, the abandoned Garden Bridge, and the New Bus for London.

Maggie’s Yorkshire Centre, Leeds building interior

7 Aug 2014

Maggie’s Centre in Leeds

Design: Heatherwick Studio

Location: Leeds, England

Maggie’s comes to Yorkshire
Heatherwick Studio to design new Maggie’s Centre

Maggie’s, the charity which provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their families and friends, is delighted to announce that Heatherwick Studio will design the new Maggie’s Centre in Yorkshire due to open in 2016 within the grounds of St James’s University Hospital, Leeds.

pictured: Maggie’s Manchester

Built in the grounds of NHS hospitals, Maggie’s Centres are warm and welcoming places, with qualified professionals on hand to offer a programme of support that has been shown to improve physical and emotional wellbeing. The Maggie’s Yorkshire Centre will be built adjacent to the Bexley Wing at the St James’s University Hospital, the hospital’s world-class cancer unit. Situated among a number of multi-storey buildings, the site demands a high degree of ingenuity to create the calm, uplifting environment so important to the people who visit and work in Maggie’s Centres.

Laura Lee, Chief Executive of Maggie’s said:

“We are delighted that Heatherwick Studio is designing the new Maggie’s Centre in Yorkshire. Great architecture is vital to the care that Maggie’s offers and the studio is renowned for its inventive approach to design and its ability to truly get the best out of a space. This will be our first Centre in Yorkshire and we look forward to providing the vital help and support needed to people living with cancer in the region.”

Founded by Thomas Heatherwick in 1994, Heatherwick Studio is one of the most experimental design studios practising in Britain today. The studio’s work spans the disciplines of architecture, engineering, transport, urban planning, infrastructure and landscape. Notable works include the Olympic Cauldron for the London 2012 Olympic Games, the New Bus for London, the award-winning UK Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010 and the highly anticipated Garden Bridge, a stunning new public garden and pedestrian crossing set to span the River Thames in central London.

Thomas Heatherwick said:

“We are honoured to be working with the Maggie’s team on a new Centre. Our role is to make a special place that will support and encourage people affected by cancer and inspire the staff that work with them.”

St James’s University Hospital in Leeds sees over 9,000 people newly diagnosed with cancer per year. It provides specialist cancer services to a population of around 2.6 million people across the Yorkshire region and beyond. Maggie’s and St James’s University Hospital are working in partnership to create cancer support of the highest quality for people in the surrounding area.

Linda Pollard CBE, Chair of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, adds:

“We are proud to have one of the most modern and well equipped cancer hospitals in the world here in Leeds. It is therefore fitting that an internationally-renowned designer will be working on our site to develop our own Maggie’s Centre in Yorkshire, which will complement the excellent care our staff already provide.

“This is a tremendously exciting opportunity and we are looking forward to working with the charity to make this fantastic project a reality. The philosophy behind the Maggie’s Centre fits perfectly with the holistic care and support we aim to provide for cancer patients from across Yorkshire, and it will be a wonderful and uplifting resource for them.”

Maggie’s Yorkshire Centre Leeds images / information from Maggie’s Centre

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Maggie's Centre London
photo : Speirs and Major Associates / James Newton

Address: St James’s University Hospital, Beckett St, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS9 7TF
Phone: 0113 243 3144

Website: Maggie’s Yorkshire Centre, Leeds

Location: St James’s University Hospital, Beckett Street, Leeds, LS9 7TF, West Yorkshire, England, UK

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