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Planning victory for Dow Jones' Cardiff Maggie's

Dow Jones Architects has won planning for Wales’ second Maggie’s Centre

The new centre will be built alongside the existing Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff.

The Dow Jones Architects-designed centre will be built from the same sandstone as the nearby hills and will feature an interior lined with cedarwood.

The centre’s gardens have been designed by RHS Gold Medalist Cleve West. The building and the landscape will have an ‘intimate relationship’, with the different rooms grouped around a central courtyard and opening into woodland gardens.

Maggie’s chief executive Laura Lee said: ‘The centre will be situated in a beautiful location surrounded by green space, with Dow Jones Architects and Cleve West’s inspirational designs ensuring that the landscape will be reflected throughout the building. Their designs promise to create a calm and uplifting environment for everyone that visits the centre.’

Alun Jones, of Dow Jones Architects commented: ‘It is a great experience to be working with Maggie’s, using the charity’s broad vision and vast experience of helping people with cancer, to create a Maggie’s Centre of the highest quality in South East Wales. We are especially delighted to be working in Cardiff; the hospital is only a few miles from where I grew up.’

Biba Dow, of Dow Jones Architects added: ‘Our designs are inspired by the local Welsh landscape and ancient building techniques. The centre will sit amongst the trees with the exterior built in the style of an old stone farm wall to create a calm and welcoming space.

‘The colour of the materials we have chosen resonates with the bracken of the surrounding hills, with rusty iron oxide in the pennant sandstone and copper glass roof lights which drop light down into the bigger rooms. The interior will be lined with fragrant cedarwood, creating a range of spaces reflecting traditional Welsh architecture including a large kitchen and hall with a fireplace to bring people together, alongside smaller rooms for consultations and secluded areas where people can sit quietly. All the rooms overlook an internal courtyard which is being planted with moss and fern.’

The centre is anticipated to receive up to 20,000 visits a year once established, and will be the second Welsh centre, following on from the Kisho Kurokowa-designed Swansea centre which opened in 2011.

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The new centre will be built within the grounds of the existing Velindre Cancer Care hospital in Cardiff.

The Dow Jones Architects-designed centre will be built from the same sandstone as the nearby hills and will feature an interior lined with cedarwood.

Arranged around a central courtyard the rooms of the new centre will open out towards a woodland garden designed by RHS Gold Medallist Cleve West.

Laura Lee, chief executive of Maggie’s said: ‘We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Velindre Cancer Centre and Dow Jones Architects. The emotional and practical impact on people with a cancer diagnosis and their families and friends is devastating as they face one of life’s biggest challenges. Applying for planning permission brings us a step closer to Maggie’s South East Wales becoming a reality.’

Alun Jones, of Dow Jones Architects added: ‘We are thrilled to be working with Maggie’s, a charity we hugely admire. We are especially delighted to be working in Cardiff; the hospital is only a few miles from where I grew up.’

The new building will be the second Maggie’s Centre in Wales. The first, a £3 million scheme in Swansea designed by Kisho Kurokawa, opened in 2011.

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Dow Jones chosen to design new Cardiff Maggie’s

South-London based Dow Jones Architects has been chosen to design a second Maggie’s centre in Wales

Last year the cancer care charity opened its first facility in Wales – a £3 million Swansea centre built in the grounds of Singleton Hospital by Garbers & James to the designs of the late Kisho Kurokawa.

The new Cardiff scheme has been earmarked for a plot within the grounds of the Velindre Cancer Care hospital, although an exact site has yet to be confirmed.

Dow Jones joins an impressive pantheon of stars to have been commissioned by the charity including Rem Koolhaas,  Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, Richard Rogers and Piers Gough.

Earlier this month the AJ revealed that American Stephen Holl and Stirling Prize-winning practice Foster + Partners had been also been asked to design new centres for the organisation.

Holl is working in central London, while 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.

It is understood Alan Pert’s Nord has been signed up to mastermind the new Maggie’s Centre at the Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert, Falkirk. A competition aimed at emerging Scottish practices to design a viewing platform at the same hospital was launched earlier this year.

Simon Dean, chief executive of Velindre NHS Trust said: ‘We are really looking forward to working with Maggie’s and other partners to create new and improved cancer services for the future. Maggie’s is well respected as providing practical and psychosocial support for people affected by cancer and we look forward to this exciting partnership.’

Laura Lee, chief executive of Maggie’s added: ‘We are delighted to be coming to Cardiff and bringing a second centre to Wales following on from our opening in Swansea last year. It is very exciting to be working with  Velindre Cancer Centre and Dow Jones.’

Biba Dow from Dow Jones Architects said: ‘Dow Jones Architects are thrilled to be working with Maggies, a charity we hugely admire. We are especially delighted to be working in Cardiff; the hospital is only a few miles from where Alun [Jones] grew up. We are in the process of working with Maggie’s and the staff at Velindre to find a suitable place for the new building on the site, and we are very much looking forward to developing our first thoughts.’

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