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Maggie’s Oxford Building

Patricia Thompson Building: Caring Centre at Churchill Hospital, UK – design by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, UK

page updated 6 Nov 2016 with new photos ; 16 Oct 2014

Maggie’s Centre Oxford

Location: Oxford, south east England, UK

Design: Wilkinson Eyre architects

New Maggie’s Centre in Oxford

Television presenter and author Kirstie Allsopp, film director Richard Curtis and writer Paul Mayhew-Archer open new Maggie’s Centre in Oxford.

Maggie’s Oxford at the Patricia Thompson Building brings additional support for people with cancer across Oxfordshire

Maggie’s, the charity that provides free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their family and friends, has celebrated the opening of its new purpose built Centre in the grounds of The Churchill Hospital, Oxford.

Maggie's Oxford Building
photograph : Marc West/Oxford

A full programme of support has been running from the new Centre since July 2014 and yesterday’s event marks the official opening of the completed Centre. A small interim Maggie’s Centre had been running in the grounds of the hospital since 2006 prior to the completion of the new building.

The event was attended by Maggie’s Chief Executive Laura Lee and officially opened by television presenter and author, Kirstie Allsopp, film director, Richard Curtis and writer Paul Mayhew-Archer, in support of Maggie’s Oxford.

The new Centre has been designed by acclaimed architects Wilkinson Eyre and was developed by Maggie’s working in partnership with Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust to enhance the cancer care and support already on offer at the hospital. Every year 5,000 people in the region are diagnosed with cancer. As the number of people living with cancer increases, support becomes even more important.
Maggie’s Oxford at the Patricia Thompson Building has more space and increased facilities for visitors to access a range of support that Maggie’s offers, including psychological support, benefits advice, nutrition workshops, relaxation and stress management, art therapy, tai chi and yoga.

Laura Lee, Maggie’s Chief Executive said: “I’m delighted to celebrate the opening of Maggie’s Oxford at the Patricia Thompson Building. To watch a Centre come in to being is an incredible journey, one I have been privileged to share with every Maggie’s Centre built so far, but nothing compares to seeing the Centre filled with people benefiting from the support we offer.

Maggie's Oxford Building
photo : Marc West/Oxford

“I’d like to extend my thanks to everyone who made this Centre possible. From the team at Wilkinson Eyre who have created a wonderful building that captures the philosophy of Maggie’s, to those at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust for finding us the best location near to the oncology unit and of course to all our supporters, especially Mike Thompson, CEO of Childbase Partnerships for making such a generous contribution to the Centre.”

Mike Thompson, principal donor to the Centre and CEO of Childbase Partnerships said:
“I’m honoured to see Maggie’s Oxford at the Patricia Thompson Building open and to have my mother’s name incorporated is a wonderful tribute to her memory. My family and I are incredibly proud to have helped in bringing this new Maggie’s Centre to The Churchill Hospital. There is a real need for cancer support for people in Oxford and I know that anyone living with cancer will benefit from the unique support provided by Maggie’s.”

This year Maggie’s is celebrating 18 years of supporting people with cancer and the new Maggie’s Oxford Centre at the Patricia Thompson Building will be the 18th Centre to be opened in 18 years. The first Maggie’s Centre opened in Edinburgh in 1996 and Maggie’s Oxford at the Patricia Thompson Building joins 15 other Centres across the UK, an Online Centre and a Centre in Hong Kong.

Kirstie Allsopp, television presenter and author said: “I feel extremely proud to support the excellent work Maggie’s does and honoured to be involved in the opening of Maggie’s Oxford at the Patricia Thompson Building.”

Maggie's Oxford Building
photo : Marc West/Oxford

“Cancer is sadly very familiar to my family, I was 17 when my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and after seeing her journey with the illness I realised the importance and value of having the right support to complement medical treatment. Something my mother believed strongly in. Maggie’s programme of support provides this for people with cancer and their Centres are warm places where you can find answers to questions and meet people who understand what you are going through.

Catherine Stoddart, Chief Nurse at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust added: “It’s fantastic to have this valuable service here on the Churchill Hospital site. We know that our patients will continue to benefit from the practical, emotional and social support provided at the Maggie’s Centre, now housed in an amazing new building which we are sure will be well-received by patients and their families.”

Built in the grounds of specialist NHS hospitals, Maggie’s Centres are warm and welcoming places, with qualified professionals on hand to offer an evidence-based programme of support that has been shown to improve physical and emotional wellbeing.

Paul Mayhew Archer, Mike Thompson, Kirstie Allsopp, Richard Curtis and Laura Lee open the new Maggie’s Centre in Oxford:
Maggie's Oxford Building
photo : Marc West/Oxford

Maggie’s relies on voluntary donations to support and grow its network of Centres and to develop its unique, high quality programme of support. Our aim is to make the biggest difference we can to people living with cancer, their family and friends.

To find out more about Maggie’s Oxford at the Patricia Thompson Building, the programme of support provided, opening hours or to plan your visit or get involved with fundraising visit

19 Jun 2009

Maggie’s Oxford

Oxford, England
Design: Wilkinson Eyre

Planning granted for Wilkinson Eyre’s Maggies Centre, Oxford

19 Jun 2009


The Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford, which will serve the thousands of people affected by cancer across the region, has been granted planning permission.

Maggie's Oxford Cancer Caring Centre building design
image from architect

The Centre has been designed by architect Chris Wilkinson of Wilkinson Eyre Architects, bringing a unique and striking new building to the city of Oxford.

Liz Minton, Maggie’s Oxford Centre Head said: “This is really exciting news. This is a great step forward for Maggie’s Oxford and for the thousands of people in the region affected by cancer. The permanent centre will allow us to open our doors to many more people and expand upon the services we offer. The design by Wilkinson Eyre Architects is truly wonderful. It is now a case of continuing with our successful fundraising drive to reach the target of £3million. With such great backing from the local community, we are sure we can reach this target in the future.”

Maggie’s Centres greatly value the power of environment and design to lift the spirits and subsequently their Centres attract the world’s leading architects. Architects of Maggie’s Centres are asked to produce practical spaces in which people feel safe and welcome but also have their imagination and their curiosity kindled.

Chris Wilkinson of Wilkinson Eyre Architects has followed Maggie’s brief to develop a stunning and practical design, which Maggie’s are very excited to take forward.

Chris Wilkinson said: “We are thrilled that the Centre has now received planning permission. Our design encapsulates the philosophy and principles on which the Maggie’s Centres are based – the tree house concept maximises the relationship between the internal space and the external landscape offering discreet spaces for relaxation, information and therapy, it will provide a sympathetic and caring retreat, in tune with its surroundings.”

The project is expected to start on site early next year.

Maggie's Oxford Cancer Caring Centre sketch design
image © Maggie’s Centres

Maggies Oxford – Building Concept

In response to the wooded site on the edge of the Churchill Hospital in Oxford, the design concept is for a “tree house” which nestles in amongst the vegetation supported on timber piloti to minimise disruption to the flora and fauna.

Making use of the slope across the site, the single floor of the building floats in amongst the trees and is accessed by bridge from the road behind. The layout is composed of three wings emanating from a central space which is a direct interpretation of the brief allowing separate areas for information, emotional support and relaxation. All are linked to the central welcoming heart space of the building which has a kitchen, dining table and wood burning stove.

The rooms open up to views of trees and fields beyond on the south side but are more closed to the north to control views back to the hospital and the nursery. The size and shape of each window and glazed panel has been carefully considered in relation to particular views and another layer of timber trellis overlays some of the panels to provide shade and privacy. Slot openings in the roof will allow shafts of sunlight into the spaces and openings in the floor will provide views through to the fauna below which, together with the external terraces, will help to create a strong relationship between the internal spaces and the natural surroundings.

The form of the building is articulated as a series of three-dimensional planar elements which fragment, fold and wrap into one another. The floor and roof planes rotate geometrically on top of one of another so that the folds and wrapping of the roof walls and floor inform the internal planning and vice versa. The surface materials are largely timber and glass which are intended to give a friendly and familiar appearance in contrast to the usual clinical aesthetic of a hospital.

Maggie’s Oxford images / information from Wilkinson Eyre

Address: The Patricia Thompson Building, Churchill Hospital, Old Road, Oxford, OX3 7LE, England, UK
Tel: 01865 751 882

Location: Churchill Hospital, Oxford, OX3 7LE, UK

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