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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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