Hawkins/Brown has won planning permission to build a Maggie's Centre near the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield. The £640,000 scheme is to refurbish and extend a 20th century villa to create a building with a gross internal area of 234m 2.The two-storey extension has a sedum roof and contains cave-like protected relaxation spaces at the lower level, with a lightweight translucent kitchen above. The kitchen is separated from the upper garden by a twin wall of translucent polycarbonate, screen printed with a pattern designed to evoke sunlight falling through trees.
Visitors weave their way through this upper garden - a verdant space full of healing plants - to a more contemplative lower court flanked by a pool of water on one side, and a wall of rammed earth on the other.
Elliott Wood Partnership is the engineer and Stockdales the QS.Work is due to start in September, with completion by Easter 2004.