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AJ Small Projects-shortlisted scheme finds new life in temporary Liverpool Maggie’s

One of the 2013 AJ Small Projects-shortlisted schemes is being re-used in Carmody Groarke’s temporary Maggie’s Centre in Liverpool

Work has begun on designs by the practice – which was shortlisted for the 2013 Stephen Lawrence Prize – for the temporary drop-in cancer centre, which will be made up of seven portable buildings. The first, the London Dresser, which was shortlisted for the 2013 AJ Small Projects Award, was delivered to site last week (8 March).

The London Dresser, designed by Studio of Cinematic Architecture in collaboration with University of Westminster students Hugo Bass and James Kirk, was originally commissioned by the mayor of London to stand on the South Bank during the London 2012 Olympics.

The pop-up ‘cabinet’, which originally cost £93,000 and housed models of London’s architectural gems, will now provide a facade for the new centre, with its 11m-long glazed wall giving views out across the Wirral countryside.

Maggie’s bought the installation from its manufacturer Millimetre after the Games, as an ‘innovative solution to providing a beautiful space for visitors’.

Carmody Groarke’s £120,000 Maggie’s will act as an interim centre, remaining on the proposed site within the grounds of the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre for the next seven years.

Arranged around a ‘single panoramic view over the farming fields of the Wirral landscape’, the temporary building will be constructed from portable buildings and proprietary systems, and will be enveloped in a bespoke glass fibre wall.

The building is set to open in the summer.

Previous story (AJ 03.10.13)

Carmody Groarke to design temporary Liverpool Maggie’s

London-based Carmody Groarke has submitted plans for a temporary Maggie’s Centre in Liverpool

The 2013 Stephen Lawrence Prize-shortlisted practice is the latest to join the glittering roll call of architects who have been commissioned by the cancer care charity. Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, Frank Gehry and Richard Rogers have previously designed Maggie’s centres.

Carmody Groarke’s Maggie’s will act as an interim centre, remaining on the proposed site within the grounds of the Clatterbridge Cancer Care Centre for the next seven years. The building is set to open in early 2014.

Arranged around a ‘single panoramic view over the farming fields of the Wirral landscape’, the temporary building will be built from proprietary systems and enveloped in a bespoke glass-fibre wall.

Laura Lee, chief executive of Maggie’s said: ‘The emotional and practical impact on people with a cancer diagnosis and their families and friends is devastating as they face one of life’s biggest challenges.

‘The people of Liverpool deserve access to the vital support that a Maggie’s Centre can offer; to help to transform their lives positively and build a life beyond the disease.’

Last week the practice’s Filling Station at King’s Cross (pictured) missed out on winning the 2013 Stephen Lawrence Prize to Carl Turner Architects’ Slip House.

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