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Steven Holl’s Maggie’s Centre rejected

The City of London’s planning committee has thrown out Steven Holl Architects’ proposals a new Maggie’s cancer care centre at Barts and the London NHS Trust

Earlier today (4 June) the committee voted 11 to 8 against the American star’s three-storey scheme in Smithfield and, according to an authority spokesman, raised concerns about the proposed glass façade.

The members were also worried about a general lack of information about the project which had been recommended for approval by officers.

Holl’s scheme for Maggie’s Barts in Smithfield would have replaced an existing 1960s block which was once used as offices.

Laura Lee, chief executive of Maggie’s, said: ‘We are obviously disappointed by the decision of the City of London Planning Committee but will now work to address the issues raised and resolve them quickly. Bringing our programme of support to the  thousands of people with cancer in the East End of London remains a critical priority and we will work hard to ensure that Maggie’s Barts becomes a reality as soon as possible.’

Steven Holl's Maggie's centre scheme will replace an empty 1960s office building at Barts

Steven Holl’s Maggie’s centre scheme will replace an empty 1960s office building at Barts

 

Previous story (AJ 28.06.2012)

New images of Steven Holl’s Maggie’s Centres unveiled

Cancer care charity Maggie’s Centres has released new visuals of Steven Holl Architects’ proposals for a new centre at Barts and the London NHS Trust

Earlier this month the AJ revealed that the American star and Stirling Prize-winning practice Foster + Partners had become the latest big name architects commissioned by the organisation. While Holl is working in central London, Norman Foster is set to mastermind a facility at the Christie Hospital in Manchester, less than two miles away from where he was brought up in Levenshulme.

Holl’s scheme for Maggie’s Barts in Smithfield will replace an existing 1960s block which was once used as offices.

Describing his proposal with its bamboo interior, Steven Holl said:’We are inspired by the deep history of the area, and particularly the nearby St Bartholomew the Great church which has been in continuous use with marvelous music since 1143.

Our proposal is like a vessel within a vessel within a vessel

‘Our proposal is like a vessel within a vessel within a vessel. In the spirit of music, architecture can be a vessel of transcendence.’  

Steven Holl is masterminding a new Maggie's centre at the Barts and the London NHS Trust, in Smithfield in the City of London

Steven Holl is masterminding a new Maggie’s centre at the Barts and the London NHS Trust, in Smithfield in the City of London

Previous story (AJ 07.07.2012)

More stars for Maggie’s: Foster eyed up for Manchester and Holl for London

Cancer care charity Maggie’s Centres has lined up Stirling Prize-winner Foster + Partners and American Steven Holl Architects to design two new centres

The duo join a glittering roll call of the world’s leading architects, including Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas and Frank Gehry, to be commissioned by the charity, which Maggie Keswick Jencks set up before her death from cancer in 1995.

AIA Gold Medalist Steven Holl is to mastermind a centre at the Barts and the London NHS Trust, in Smithfield in the City of London. The scheme will replace an empty 1960s office building (sketch pictured).

The project will be Holl’s second in the UK; his practice is also designing the £50 million Glasgow School of Art. Once complete, his will also be the second Maggie’s Centre in the capital, along with the Hammersmith centre by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, which scooped the Stirling Prize in 2009.

Meanwhile, Norman Foster is set to design a centre at the Christie Hospital in Manchester, less than two miles away from where he was brought up in Levenshulme.

A spokesman for Foster + Partners said: ‘We are in discussions with Maggie’s about working on a new centre.’

It is understood that the scheme has been earmarked for a plot originally intended for a controversial multi-storey car park behind Wilson Mason and Partners’ proposed £20 million Manchester Cancer Research Centre at the hospital (see AJ 09.05.2011).

Local resident and co-founder of the Manchester Modernist Society, Eddy Rhead said: ‘The idea of approaching Foster to design a Maggie’s Centre at the Christie seems like the perfect fit. Foster grew up just down the road, studied in Manchester and, so far, has never built anything of any significance in his home city.

‘Also, as neighbour of the hospital, I welcome this smaller scale type of building, which is contrary to much of Christie’s recent development programme.’

Among the other big name architects also working on Maggie’s Centres are; Snøhetta, which has submitted plans for a new £3 million Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary; Wilkinson Eyre, whose Oxford centre starts on site this summer; and Benedetta Tagliabue of Spanish practice EMBT, who is designing the new Barcelona facility.

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