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Garbers & James replaces NORD on Falkirk Maggie’s Centre

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NORD Architecture has been replaced by Garbers & James on a scheme to build a new Maggie’s Centre near Falkirk, Scotland, it has emerged

The cancer care charity this week confirmed that the change of architects on the new centre at the Forth Valley Royal Hospital had taken place last year.

The revelation comes as NORD announced it had recently shut its Glasgow office following the departure of partners Brian McGinley and Mark Bell to set up a new practice.

A spokeswoman for cancer charity Maggie’s Centres said: ‘We worked with NORD on the initial design stages for Maggie’s Forth Valley and then in May 2015 we appointed Garbers & James following the growing commitments (a lecturing role in Australia) of the partner we were working with at NORD.’

This is understood to refer to NORD director Alan Pert, who is now professor in architecture and director of the Melbourne School of Design at the University of Melbourne.

NORD’s plans were granted planning permission in March 2014. The building is currently under construction with the opening set for later this year.

Maggie’s has already worked with Garbers & James on another centre in Swansea. The practice delivered the scheme originally designed by architect Kisho Kuraokawa in 2011.

The latest centre is set to be the ninth built by the charity in Scotland with other facilities designed by architects including Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid and OMA and Reiach and Hall.

Richard Murphy designed the first centre for the cancer charity in 1996 in Edinburgh.

Meanwhile, Graeme Williamson who runs the London office of NORD, said: ‘We have moved all the work from our Glasgow office to London.

’We lost the two people running the office [McGinlay and Bell] and we took a view that we should consolidate our operations. It happens all the time.’



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