Alison Brooks Architects has been chosen to design the Somerset premises for UK cancer care charity Maggie’s Centres.
The practice is teaming up with with JLG Landscape Architecture and structural engineers Webb Yates to deliver the centre, which will be located at the edge of the grounds of the Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton.
The project is currently in the initial stages of design.
Maggie’s Centres, which offers professional support to people affected by cancer, have traditionally commissioned leading architects, including Frank Gehry, the late Zaha Hadid, OMA, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Steven Holl, to design its centres.
Alison Brooks said:
“We’re honoured and delighted to be working with Maggie’s to design a new Centre in Taunton. Our project will build on Maggie Keswick Jencks’ legacy of extraordinary and uplifting spaces for cancer patients and their families with creative working environments for the Maggie’s team. Taunton is in a beautiful part of Somerset and we hope our project, overlooking the Blackdown Hills, will make the most of this opportunity.”
Laura Lee, Chief Executive at Maggie’s said:
“We are so pleased to be bringing a Maggie’s Centre to Taunton and are excited by the designs put forward by Alison Brooks and JLG Landscape Architecture. Great design and architecture are integral to what we do at Maggie’s as each and every one of our centres is specifically designed to welcome people with cancer and offer them a place to seek practical advice, talk to other people with cancer or just to sit quietly with a cup of tea while awaiting appointments or results.”
Maggie’s Centres was founded in 1996 by the late Maggie Jencks and her husband, architectural writer and critic Charles Jencks. The organisation has 17 centres across the UK and Hong Kong.