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Maggies Centre Buildings : Architecture

Cancer Care Centres for Maggie Keswick Jencks Cancer Caring Trust

6 Jan 2016

Maggie’s Southampton Centre – New Building

Maggie’s Southampton
Design: AL_A
Planning permission for building a new Centre in Southampton has been submitted. The architects are AL_A, led by Amanda Levete.
Maggie’s Southampton Centre

Maggie’s Cancer Centre – New Building

Maggie’s Aberdeen Centre
Norwegian architects Snøhetta set to design this latest Maggie’s Centre. The building is due to be located on the campus at Foresterhill Hospital. The Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation (EMF) and Maggie’s are involved in an ambitious fundraising campaign to raise £3m to build this latest Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre.

Links: Aberdeen Architecture + Snøhetta

Donations: aberdeen(at)

Maggie’s Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain
Maggie’s is also due to expand out of the UK and establish a centre in Barcelona. A Catalan team based in Barcelona has approached Maggie’s UK to create a similar network of centres across Spain.

Links: Barcelona Architecture.

Maggie’s Cancer Centres – Background

Maggie’s Centres were the vision of the designer and landscape architect Maggie Keswick Jencks when she herself was treated for cancer. She recognised the difficulties of accessing information and emotional support, which are so vital to people facing a diagnosis of cancer. She had a vision of beautiful buildings, located on hospital grounds, staffed by cancer professionals, where people could drop in at any time for a cup of tea and get information, support and inspiration to not only cope with cancer, but to live their lives to the full. There would be no ‘right way,’ just the tools to decide for yourself.

She worked tirelessly with her medical team in Edinburgh developing a blueprint of how a Cancer Care Centre would run and died with the plans for the first centre on her bed. Over the past 12 years her husband Charles Jencks, the renowned architectural critic, and Laura Lee, her cancer nurse, have made her vision a reality.

In 1996, a year after Maggie’s death, the first centre bearing her name opened in Edinburgh, and since then tens of thousands of people affected by cancer have benefited from Maggie’s innovative and pioneering programme of care. There are now five Maggie’s Cancer Centres in Scotland – Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Highlands and Fife, plus an interim facility in Lanarkshire. The Scottish based charity expanded south of the border this spring with the opening of Maggie’s London. Maggie’s are currently in planning stages for a permanent centre in Lanarkshire and a second centre in Glasgow.

Maggie’s Centres

Updated List of all Maggies Centre Buildings + Designs with Architects, 5 Jan 2009:

Maggie’s Centres – Built
Maggies Edinburgh, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, Scotland
Maggies Edinburgh
Design: Richard Murphy Architects

Maggies Glasgow, Western Infirmary, Glasgow, Scotland
Maggies Glasgow
Design: Page & Park Architects

Maggies Dundee, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, Scotland
Maggies Dundee
Design: Frank Gehry Architect

Maggies Fife, Fife, Scotland
Maggies Fife
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects

Maggies Highlands, Inverness, Scotland
Maggies Highlands
Design: Page & Park Architects

Maggies London, London, England – Stirling Prize winner 2009
Design: Richard Rogers Partnership, since renamed as RSHP

Maggie’s Centres – Design / Construction Stage

Maggie’s Aberdeen, Scotland
Snøhetta design

Maggie’s Lanarkshire, Monklands, Scotland
Design: n/a

Maggie’s Wales, Swansea, Wales
Design: Kisho Kurokawa Architect

Maggie’s Nottingham, Nottingham, England
Design: CZWG Architects

Maggie’s North East, Newcastle, England
Design: Edward Cullinan Architects ; previously by Foreign Office Architecture

Maggie’s Oxford, Oxford, England
Design: Wilkinson Eyre

Maggies Cotswolds, Cheltenham, England
Design: MacCormac Jamieson Prichard

Maggie’s Gartnavel, Glasgow, Scotland : no design released yet
Design: Rem Koolhaas / OMA

Maggie’s Centres – Not to go ahead
Maggie’s Sheffield, Sheffield, England
Design: Hawkins & Brown

Maggie’s Cambridge, Cambridge, England
Design: Studio Daniel Libeskind

Relocated (to Monklands):
Maggie’s Wishaw, Wishaw, Scotland
Design: Reiach and Hall Architects (previously by Ushida Findlay)

Maggie’s Programme of Support

Maggie’s Centres provide a programme of emotional and psychological support and practical advice to anyone affected by cancer. This includes a range of classes, from relaxation to tai chi to art therapy; a range of psychological support in group and one to one sessions run by trained psychologists; a library of information, with cancer support specialists on hand to answer question; benefits advice from benefits officer, and much more. All of these services are available on a drop in basis, free of charge, to people with cancer and their families, friends and carers.

The support offered is strictly evidence-based and designed to encourage people to find out what they can do to feel more in control and to live in a less stressful, more hopeful way. And all of this is offered – with a cup of tea – in an atmosphere that is determinedly non-institutional. Walking into Maggie’s is like walking into the kitchen of a well-informed friend who has plenty of time to talk.


Maggie knew the power of the environment to lift the spirits, and another unique feature of Maggie’s is the architecture. The Maggie’s Cancer Centres are designed by some of the most respected architects of our time – most of whom were friends of Maggie’s.

The architects work to a demanding brief, which beyond the purely practical requirements, asks them to produce spaces in which people feel safe and welcome but also have their imagination and their curiosity kindled. This brief has inspired stunning, award winning designs. It gave Zaha Hadid her first commission in Britain when she designed the startling black building that is Maggie’s Fife. And internationally acclaimed architect, Frank Gehry – of Bilbao Guggenheim fame – was behind Maggie’s Dundee.

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