NORD submits Falkirk Maggie’s Centre plans
[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] Doolan Prize-winner NORD Architecture has submitted a planning application for a £1.5 million Maggie’s Centre at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Falkirk, Scotland
Set to open in Spring 2015, the Glasgow-based outfit’s design has been inspired by Victorian wrought iron pavilions and was said to reference the area’s ‘strong links with the iron industry’.
The high-profile centre for cancer patients and their families will be constructed next to a loch inside a woodland previously occupied by the Royal Scottish National Hospital.
Maggie’s chief executive Laura Lee said: ‘It is a beautiful location for one of our centres and one which I am sure will make an impact on our centre visitors.
‘As for the building itself, Nord Architecture is an inspirational and contemporary company who draw their influences from social and cultural issues which made them, in our eyes, the perfect fit for Maggie’s.
‘The plans for Maggie’s Forth Valley are fresh and exciting and now the submission for planning has been made, I know it won’t be long before we open another Maggie’s Centre providing an uplifting environment where people can find vital support.’
NORD director Alan Pert added: ‘How to establish relationships between an ornamental loch, a new Maggies centre and its expansive surroundings is the main concern of our design. A series of rooms are wrapped by a verandah, which creates a shaded space for leisurely promenade and a place to shelter from the rain. Placed in a commanding position next to the ornamental loch the colonnaded pavilion differs from many previous Maggie’s centres, which have had to create a landscape setting for the building.
‘The veranda acts as a mediating space between the expansive landscape setting and the internal layout, which is arranged to offer a retreat and places of intimacy from the vastness of the outside world, whilst being able to celebrate the beauty of the expansive surroundings and all the hopes that the outside has to offer.’
The practice joins the likes of Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid and OMA who have already designed centres for the charity in Scotland.