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Cullinan wins planning for Maggie’s Centre plans

Ted Cullinan has secured planning consent for the proposed new £3 million Maggie’s North East cancer care Centre

Expected to start on site this summer, the scheme at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle features a landscaped roof garden complete with bowling green and exercise equipment

Lucy Spencer, project architect for Maggie’s North East, said: ‘The building incorporates solar panels on the roof and thick insulation which will contribute to making it very energy efficient and environmentally green.

‘It will also appear to be green, as there will be plants and flowers growing all over the building, with a meadow rolling up the surrounding earth banks, a sheltered courtyard which all the rooms open out onto and a green roof garden for visitors to use with beech hedges, lawns and trees.’

Laura Lee, the chief executive of Maggie’s, said:  ‘The granting of planning permission for the centre takes us closer towards realising our vision of having emotional and practical support in the region for those with cancer, their friends and family. 

‘The design of the Centre by Ted Cullinan is truly wonderful. It is now a case of continuing with our successful fundraising drive to reach the target of £3 million.  With such great backing from the local community, we are sure we can reach this target and commence building in the near future.’

Edward Cullinan Architects’ Maggie’s North East scheme, Newcastle

Edward Cullinan Architects’ Maggie’s North East scheme, Newcastle

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Cullinan reveals Maggie’s Centre plans

Edward Cullinan Architects has unveiled plans for the Maggie’s North East cancer-care centre in Newcastle

The RIBA Royal Gold Medallist took on the project at Freeman Hospital after Foreign Office Architects was unable to commit when Maggie’s was given a new site at the hospital.

The building, which features two accommodation wings and a mezzanine level, will sit around a partly enclosed courtyard. It will be built over the next two years.

CZWG has also unveiled final plans for its two-storey curvy box for Maggie’s Nottingham. With cladding to reflect the Maggie’s Centres corporate colour, it will be built at City Hospital campus, Nottingham University Hospital’s NHS Trust.

The Maggie’s cancer-care centres have a reputation for attracting high-profile names and producing impressive architecture. Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ London centre at Charing Cross Hospital won the Stirling Prize last year.

Wilkinson Eyre has also drawn up plans for a new Maggie’s Oxford at Churchill Hospital, where Maggie’s currently runs a cancer-support service, while MJP Architects’ Maggie’s Cotswolds in Cheltenham completes later this year.

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