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Designs for a new Maggie’s Centre in Oldham, Greater Manchester have received planning approval.
Maggie’s, the charity that provides free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer, commissioned dRMM Architects to create a new centre in the grounds of The Royal Oldham Hospital in Manchester. The centre has now been granted planning permission and will go on site in early 2016.
“The planning approval signals support not only for Maggie’s ambition to extend their unique services to Oldham; it recognises that progressive architecture is part of progressive thinking about cancer care,” said Prof Alex de Rijke, Co-Founding Director of dRMM Architects. “[We] are delighted to be designing a special place embodying this positivity.”
Maggie’s Centres demonstrate ‘the architecture of hope’. Built in the grounds of specialist NHS cancer hospitals, Maggie’s Centres are warm and welcoming places, with qualified professionals on hand to offer a programme of support that has been shown to improve physical and emotional wellbeing of people affected by cancer. Working in partnership with The Royal Oldham Hospital the new Maggie’s Centre will complement the excellent clinical care offered at the hospital by providing free support for anyone living with cancer as well as their family and friends. The new centre will be the charity’s second centre in Greater Manchester, following in the footsteps of Maggie’s at The Christie by architect Norman Foster, which is due to open in Spring 2016,
Laura Lee, Chief Executive of Maggie’s said: “We are delighted that planning permission has been granted for Maggie’s Oldham, as it brings us a step closer to the Centre becoming a reality. Creating a calm and uplifting environment to enable us to provide our programme of support to people living with cancer is incredibly important and dRMM’s innovative design will allow us to do just that.”
Read more about Maggie’s Centre, Oldham.
Architect: dRMM Architects
Landscape Design: Jinny Blom Landscape Design
Structural Engineer: Booth King Partnership
M&E Consultant: Atelier Ten
Cost Consultant: Gardiner & Theobald