Maggie’s, a charity that creates exceptional support spaces for people with cancer and their families and friends, has announced that Heatherwick Studio will be designing the latest branch of its Cancer Caring Centres.
Thomas Heatherwick and his team will generate the design for Maggie’s Yorkshire adjacent to the Bexley Wing of St James’s University Hospital in Leeds. The challenging site is situated amongst an array of multi-storey buildings which is unusual for the Maggie’s Centres which often feature open landscaping and a quiet setting.
Thomas Heatherwick said: "We are honoured to be working with the Maggie’s team on a new Centre. Our role is to make a special place that will support and encourage people affected by cancer and inspire the staff that work with them."
Linda Pollard CBE, Chair of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, added: "We are proud to have one of the most modern and well equipped cancer hospitals in the world here in Leeds. It is therefore fitting that an internationally-renowned designer will be working on our site to develop our own Maggie’s Centre in Yorkshire, which will complement the excellent care our staff already provide.
"This is a tremendously exciting opportunity and we are looking forward to working with the charity to make this fantastic project a reality. The philosophy behind the Maggie’s Centre fits perfectly with the holistic care and support we aim to provide for cancer patients from across Yorkshire, and it will be a wonderful and uplifting resource for them."