Maggie’s Centre Aberdeen, Snohetta Building, Foresterhill Project, Royal Infirmary, Design
Maggie’s Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Maggie’s Aberdeen Building - design by Snøhetta, Architects
14 Sep 2012
Maggie’s Centre Aberdeen
Robertson commences work at new Maggie’s Centre in Aberdeen
Design: Snøhetta, Architects - based in Oslo, Norway
Robertson, the infrastructure, construction and support services company, has started work on the new Maggie’s Centre in Aberdeen.
Maggie’s Centre Aberdeen:
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The new centre is being built at Forester Hospital in Aberdeen through an ambitious fundraising campaign by Maggie’s and the Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation (EMF), which was founded by golfer Colin Montgomerie in memory of his mother.
Construction will last just over 40 weeks, with completion expected by June 2013. The contemporary building was designed by Snohetta, the Norwegian architects behind the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavillion in New York, alongside Aberdeen-based firm Halliday Fraser Munro.
The new Maggie’s Centre is the latest in a line of health-related construction projects for Robertson, which is currently building the new Emergency Care Centre in Aberdeen.
By the time the Maggie’s Centre is five years old it will support up to 40% of all new people diagnosed with cancer in the Aberdeen and wider Grampian area each year.
Keith Taylor, regional managing director of Robertson commented: “The new Maggie’s Centre will help thousands of people in Aberdeen. The contemporary design of the building makes it an interesting project in terms of construction and will lead to an extremely tranquil, positive environment for people with cancer and their families.
“Around 40 Robertson staff will be involved in the construction and as always we will be using local expertise and skills whenever possible. This centre will be a real asset for Aberdeen and we’re very proud to be involved.”
Laura Lee, chief executive of Maggie’s, commented: “Our new centre will be located on the grounds of the hospital, just a stone’s throw away from where people are being treated for cancer; and we will have a uniquely designed building, providing a welcoming and inspiring atmosphere to visitors.
“The fundraising campaign for the new centre, which is ongoing, has had terrific support so far and it’s really exciting that construction work has now started on site. We are proud to bring Maggie’s to Aberdeen and to be part of such a good support network for people affected by cancer across the region.”
Robertson has vast experience in the healthcare sector, delivering construction and facilities management projects to hospitals, GP surgeries, dental health centres, psychiatric hospitals and centres for charities such as the Scottish Spina Bifida Association.
Maggie’s Centre Aberdeen image / information received 140912
20 Dec 2011
First glimpse of Maggie’s Aberdeen
Maggie’s Aberdeen takes a step closer to becoming a reality as initial design concepts are released to coincide with the planning application being submitted to Aberdeen City Council.
The council will now spent 8-12 weeks deliberating over the design of the Maggie’s Centre at the Foresterhill site of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary before coming to a decision on granting permission.
Maggie’s Centre Aberdeen:
image from architects
This week saw the release of the initial design image of the Centre, as designed by Oslo based architectural firm Snohetta.
Maggie’s Aberdeen will continue Maggie’s legacy of bringing contemplative architectural to hospital sites; providing the all important right environment for Maggie’s to facilitate their programme of emotional and practical support to anyone affected by cancer.
A string of talented architects have now designed Maggie’s Centres, including the likes of Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid and Rem Koolhaas. Snohetta will follow in such footsteps to design the latest Maggie’s Centre, and will draw on local expertise to realise the vision of the Centre.
Laura Lee, Maggie’s CEO, said: "We are so pleased that the application is now under consideration by the council. The design for Maggie's Aberdeen is really striking and encapsulates the Maggie's brief in providing a space that is homely and full of warmth, whilst sparking curiosity and imagination from its visitors. This is a building that will first and foremost provide the ideal environment for people facing cancer in the region to gain support, whilst also greatly contributing to architecture within the region. Monty’s Maggie’s Appeal has inspired a fantastic response from the community and I look forward to entering 2012 with such a tenacious and supportive team.”
Maggie’s Aberdeen - ground floor plan:
Colin Welsh, Chairman of Monty’s Maggie’s Appeal Committee said: "“This is a real milestone for us and a time to thank all of the donors who have supported the Appeal over the last year when all we had to talk about was the concept of the Centre. I also want to commend all the local companies who are giving services free of charge. We are hoping that being able to see what the building will look like and where it will sit, will give our Appeal further momentum.”
Richard Carey, NHS Grampian Chief Executive, said: “What great progress for Monty’s Maggie’s Appeal to have reached this important stage in development. The initial design manages to be both stunning and modern whilst appearing welcoming at the same time. It will certainly be an exciting and most worthwhile building to have on our Foresterhill site and for the people of Grampian. This is a centre that will be greatly utilised by all in the region affected by cancer and it’s great to take a step closer to that reality.”
Charles Jencks said: “Snohetta, coming from the Norwegian culture, has great insight into the life and landscape of the Scots – particularly Aberdeen, a short hop from Oslo. Their mixture of a warm interior of furnishing embraced by a protective shell strikes just the right balance for Maggie’s.”
The location of the Centre will be at the southern boundary of Foresterhill at the edge of the Westburn field. The enviable location will allow the centre to be connected to the hospital whilst at the same time being set apart and independent.
Maggie’s Aberdeen - section:
The building is conceived as a pavilion in its parkland setting. The soft exterior form envelops the whole of the centre, and will be cladded with a hard concrete materiality. Whilst the interior building will be more angular in design but will be constructed from soft timber materials. The centre is primarily on one ground floor level with a smaller mezzanine area devoted to the office functions.
The centre will sit within a grass field, with the existing tree line along the Westburn is to be retained and strengthened by new planting of Maple trees to the western end. To mark the entrance, a group of Beech trees will be planted, contrasting in colour and texture to the existing trees. A courtyard garden will be at the heart of the Centre and will form a secluded outdoor space. The courtyard will be covered with a mix of hard and soft surfaces with a centrally planted Flowering Cherry Tree.
The Monty’s Maggie’s Appeal, supported by the Press & Journal, is a joint campaign run by Maggie’s Centres and the Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation, to raise the £3million needed to build and run Maggie’s Aberdeen for the first two years.
The architecture and landscape architecture practice was founded in Oslo, Norway in 1989 and selected to build the award winning ne Library of Alexandria. Then after winning the commission to design the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion, Snohetta was also incorporated as an architecture practice in New York. The firm’s most recent award winning scheme is the new waterside National Opera House in Oslo.
Maggie’s relationship with architecture
Most visitors to Maggie’s have received a cancer diagnosis which has left them in shock and often unable to digest anything their doctor said to them after the word ‘cancer’. Architecture plays the important role at Maggie’s of evoking curiosity, drawing visitors inside and then helping them feel relaxed and at home. By being interesting yet calm, the buildings allow visitors to feel less anxious and shocked, more open and able to take in new information and make good contact with others. This allows visitors an opportunity to begin to consider their future options and opportunities for information and support through Maggie’s. Maggie’s Centres also support our health professionals by providing positive environments within which to welcome and console, inform, listen and be alongside those living with cancer.
Maggie’s Aberdeen images / information from Snohetta
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