Maggie's Centre Nottingham
by CZWG and Paul Smith
What is Maggie's?
Maggie's is about empowering people to live with, through and beyond cancer by bringing together professional help, communities of support and building design to create exceptional centres for cancer care.
Maggie’s Centres are for anyone affected by cancer. They are places where people are welcome whenever they need us – from just being diagnosed, or undergoing treatment, to post-treatment, recurrence, end of life or in bereavement.
We also welcome family and friends, as they are often deeply affected by cancer too. We know that those who love and look after someone with cancer can feel just as frightened, vulnerable and uncertain.
Our visitors tell us that the welcome they receive at Maggie’s is what they appreciate the most. Just walking through our doors puts them at ease. This is a key part of our pioneering approach that integrates professional help with a community of support in thoughtfully designed centres, a combination that is proving highly effective in alleviating the emotional distress and practical difficulties that cancer brings. Everything we provide is free of charge, so visitors can feel welcome to access our support for as long as they need it.
- Maggie's NottinghamSituated at Nottingham City Hospital, the Maggie's Nottingham centre is an elevated oval design of glazed ceramic tile forming an inspirational and striking building.
Piers Gough CBE is a well-known architect and was a personal friend of Maggie Keswick Jencks. He is famous for his bold and imaginative architecture and has created a playful, open plan design for Maggie’s Nottingham.
“The light, peaceful and non-institutional design of Maggie’s Nottingham is a sanctuary for all those who walk through the door. Sheltered by trees, the Centre is a homely, comfortable space next to the busy hospital, where anyone affected by cancer can come to relax. The Centre is a safe space where visitors can engage with nature while being sheltered from the elements. From the outside the playful appearance entices people to take a look through the door; once they do the harmony of light and space creates a uniquely welcoming environment.”
The near symmetrical design and generous height allows Maggie’s Nottingham to have a sense of space and balance. The elevated oval building of glazed ceramic tile floats over a smaller basement, with plants growing up the sides. Balconies extend from the kitchen and meeting rooms and a patio opens onto the garden, which is designed to use scent and texture to create a secluded and uplifting area for people to enjoy. Nottingham-born fashion designer Sir Paul Smith designed the interior of Maggie’s Nottingham. His design includes photos taken during his travels round the world.
Sir Paul Smith said: “I am delighted to be involved in creating this Centre for people living with cancer and their family and friends. It's a great resource for everyone and a fantastic new addition to the city. Piers Gough is an incredible architect and it has been a joy to work together on the design.
For more about Maggie's please go to: http://www.maggiescentres.org