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Heatherwick’s Yorkshire Maggie’s goes in for planning

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Heatherwick Studio has submitted plans for a new Maggie’s Centre in the grounds of St James’s University Hospital in Leeds

The Maggie’s Yorkshire Centre will be built next to the hospital’s £220 million Bexley Wing and among a number of multi-storey buildings.

The designs by Thomas Heatherwick, who was recognised with the AJ120 Contribution to the Profession Award last week, features a series of stepped ‘planters’ which will provide both shared and private spaces.

The scheme for the cancer care charity will create a series of contained gardens, ‘capturing the therapeutic effect of plants’.

The practice is working with landscape designer Marie-Louise Agius of Balston Agius to create the gardens surrounding the project.

Heatherwick, founder of Heatherwick Studio, said: ‘We’re delighted to…have the opportunity to create a positive environment which will help calm minds and foster a sense of well-being.

‘The building will combine the qualities of a garden with shared and private spaces.’

Maggie’s chief executive, Laura Lee added: ‘A cancer diagnosis and treatment brings with it tough questions and difficult emotions which can leave many feeling isolated. The programme of support that we will be offering at Maggie’s Yorkshire will help to improve the physical and emotional wellbeing of people with cancer across the region.

‘We’re absolutely thrilled to be working with the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Heatherwick Studio on this project - submitting our planning application is an exciting step forward in bringing a Maggie’s Centre to Yorkshire.’

Heatherwick is the latest in a long line of high-profile designers to have been handed a commission by Maggie’s. Others who have designed centres for the charity include Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, Richard Rogers, and Zaha Hadid.

If approved, the centre is expected to open in 2017.




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