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Green light for Maggie’s South East Wales

Planning permission has been granted for the latest Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre. Designed by Biba Dow and Caerphilly-born Alun Jones of Dow Jones Architects with landscaping from Cleve West, the new Maggie’s Centre will sit alongside the Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff.

Each of the 17 Maggie’s Centres across the UK provides care to cancer patients and their families and friends through an evidence-based programme of free practical, emotional and social support. Maggie’s South East Wales will be built from the sand sandstone as the nearby hills with plenty of light and open spaces.

Biba Dow, of Dow Jones Architects explains: “Our designs are inspired by the local Welsh landscape and ancient building techniques. The Centre will sit amongst the trees with the exterior built in the style of an old stone farm wall to create a calm and welcoming space. The colour of the materials we have chosen resonates with the bracken of the surrounding hills, with rusty iron oxide in the pennant sandstone and copper glass roof lights which drop light down into the bigger rooms.

“The interior will be lined with fragrant cedarwood, creating a range of spaces reflecting traditional Welsh architecture including a large kitchen and hall with a fireplace to bring people together, alongside smaller rooms for consultations and secluded areas where people can sit quietly. All the rooms overlook an internal courtyard which is being planted with moss and fern.”

Further information about Maggie’s South East Wales can be found here.

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