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NORD wins planning for Falkirk Maggie’s Centre

Last year’s Doolan Prize-winner has won planning permission for a £1.5 million Maggie’s Centre at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Falkirk

NORD Architecture’s new cancer care centre will be built in woodland and the design has been inspired by Victorian wrought iron pavilions, referencing the area’s ‘strong links with the iron industry’.

The new centre will be Scotland’s ninth Maggie’s. Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid and OMA have already designed centres for the charity in Scotland, and the most recent, Reiach and Hall’s centre in Lanarkshire is due to complete later this year. Richard Murphy designed the first centre for the cancer charity in 1996 in Edinburgh.

Maggie’s chief executive Laura Lee said: ‘We are delighted Nord Architecture has received planning permission as it brings us a step closer to Maggie’s Forth Valley becoming a reality and fulfilling our ambition of supporting more people with cancer, their family and friends.’

She added: ‘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 we have planning permission I know it won’t be long before we open another Maggie’s Centre providing an uplifting environment where people can find vital support.’

Jane Grant, chief executive, NHS Forth Valley, commented: ‘This will be a wonderful new facility for the hundreds of people in Forth Valley who are treated for cancer every year. The woodland surrounding Forth Valley Royal Hospital, where the new centre will be built, provides a tranquil, natural setting with lovely views over the lochan.’

The building is set to open in summer 2015.

Previous story (AJ 2.12.13)

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.

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