Maggie’s cancer care centres and the NBS have launched an ideas contest for a new 280m² cancer care and support centre
The competition seeks ‘visionary’ proposals for a new hypothetical Maggie’s Centre that provides a feeling of welcome and safety. The brief does not focus on any specific site.
It aims to raise awareness of the charity, which was inspired by the ideas of Maggie Keswick Jencks to create cancer care centres in hospitals across the UK.
The NBS (National Building Specification) is an RIBA-owned system of construction specification, describing the materials, standards and workmanship of a construction project.
Competition judges include Cullinan Studio founder Ted Cullinan who completed a Maggie’s Centre in Newcastle (pictured) five years ago.
The competition brief states: ‘The aim of Maggie’s is clear: to encourage people who feel frightened and anxious about coping with cancer to feel better by developing their sense of confidence and resourcefulness. What they discover at a Maggie’s Centre may help them put a different perspective on what is happening to them and make a profound difference to their experience of living with cancer.
‘The design should facilitate spaces where people can retreat with their families, where staff can meet with a centre user privately, where people can relax on their own, or with family and friends and where people can share their experiences with others. The kitchen table plays a key role for people to meet and should be at the heart of the design. The design should be sensitive to the surrounding landscape and provide an uplifting environment that inspires people to come in.’
More than 300,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK every year. Maggie’s was founded in 1995, following the death of Keswick Jencks death from cancer. The first centre was designed by Richard Murphy Architects and opened in Edinburgh in 1996.
The charity has since completed 14 further cancer care centres in the UK and overseas by architects including OMA, Rogers Stirk Harbour, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, CZWG and Foster + Partners. Cullinan Studio completed Maggie’s 12th project in Newcastle in 2013.
The latest contest is divided into student and professional categories and aims to generate new ideas and boost awareness of the charity. Proposals should feature a kitchen at its heart, an impressive garden, and a clearly identifiable entrance. Multi-purpose spaces and staff offices are also required.
Submissions should include a 100-word design statement, two conceptual images, two interior images, a plan drawing, and an optional physical model. Shortlisted teams will be invited to pitch their ideas to the judging panel and the overall winners will be invited for a special tour and lunch at Maggie’s Newcastle.
The deadline for applications is 5pm, 30 November.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information
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