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Ushida Findlay joins Maggie's 'starchitects'

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Ushida Findlay Architects has joined the ranks of Frank Gehry and Richard Rogers by agreeing to design a Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre.

The £5.5 million project - to be sited in front of Wishaw Hospital in Lanarkshire - will be the fourth Maggie's Centre in Scotland.

Ten more are planned for locations across the UK.

Practice principal Kathryn Findlay said she was very excited to have won the job. 'We want to create a beautiful building, something quiet and reflective.

'We will emphasise inclusion throughout the project, talking to all those involved with the centres, the staff, users and their families, in order to design a building that reflects their needs fundamentally as well as spatially, ' she said.

Findlay said that, unlike Frank Gehry's Maggie's Centre in Dundee, the Ushida Findlay building will be built on a site that cannot rely on the regenerative quality of a scenic landscape.

Instead, she said, its position in the car park of Wishaw Hospital has prompted a different design agenda. 'External views will be selected carefully and expertly landscaped.

'But I want to create an inner world, taking great care with finishes and issues of comfort, to provide the very best environment for the building users, ' she added.

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