Hopkins tables rival to Steven Holl's Maggie's Centre
A group of campaigners fighting to save a historic part of St Bart’s Hospital in London has tabled plans by Hopkins in the hope of scuppering Stephen Holl’s existing proposal for a new Maggie’s Centre on the site
The group of campaigners led by retired royal gynaecologist Marcus Setchell, has weighed in arguing that Holl’s plans threaten the hospital’s Grade I*-listed Great Hall.
Holl’s designs for the Maggie’s Centre were resubmitted for planning last week, after it was withdrawn from planning for further consideration back in June last year.
Holl’s scheme for the centre at the Smithfield hospital will replace an existing 1960s block once used as offices, which sits adjacent to the historic wing.
A spokeswoman for Maggie’s said it was the first time the organisation had faced such a planning battle.
She added: ‘We have the backing of the hospital trust and have been working with conservation architect, Donald Insall Associates to ensure the historic architecture of the building is maintained’.
If both planning applications win approval, the site’s landlord Barts Health NHS Trust, will be faced with making the final call on the plans.
The rival proposals drawn up by Hopkins suggest the Maggie’s Centre should be built elsewhere. The plans propose the demolition of two nearby post-war buildings to create a series of gardens, where the new two-storey Maggie’s building could be relocated.
But a spokesperson from Barts Health NHS Trust, which is backing the Holl-designed scheme, said the alternative location proposed by Hopkins would not be suitable.
They said: ‘The alternative location for the Maggie’s Centre proposed by the Friends of the North Wing is unsuitable and would have a significant adverse impact on patient care and the safe operation of the hospital.
‘Alongside providing excellent cancer facilities, the Trust is committed to the heritage of the Barts site and believes that it is possible to combine the existing plans for a Maggie’s Centre with the renovation of the North Wing.’
In a statement Setchell, said: ‘For many years the North Wing has received barely adequate maintenance, and continues to be a burden to an already over-pressed National Health Service. Without change in management and funding the glory will fade away, and the Grade I listed North Wing become a building-at-risk.’
‘The Hopkins architectural plans will provide major improvements: access, lifts, fire safety, cloakrooms, toilets, catering facilities, safer storage and exhibition of archives, art and artifacts, and restoration of the perfect neo-Palladian symmetry of Gibbs’s masterpiece are all included. The heritage site will also embrace the Gatehouse, Barts the Less church and the Victorian Hardwick buildings.’
Hopkins Architects declined to comment.
Previous story (AJ 4.6.13)
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.’
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.’
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.