Maggie’s Barts Centre, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, Cancer Caring Centre London
Maggie’s Barts, London : St Bartholomew’s Hospital Building
Barts Hospital Project - design by Steven Holl Architects
28 Jun 2012
Maggie’s Barts LondonLondon, England
Design: Steven Holl Architects
Steven Holl Architects reveal first designs for Maggie’s Barts
Maggie’s is delighted to announce that Steven Holl Architects has agreed to design the Maggie’s Centre at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London.
Steven Holl Architects is internationally-honoured with the most prestigious awards in architecture as well as publications and exhibitions for excellence in design.
images from Maggie’s Centre
The practice’s most famous works include the Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum in Helsinki and the 2007 Bloch Building addition to the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.
Steven Holl is also the winner of the 2012 American Institute of Architects Gold Medal.
Maggie’s Barts will replace an existing 1960s block that was once used as offices which is located at the periphery of the square.
Steven Holl said: "It is a great honor to design a Maggie's Centre and a very special challenge to be given such an important central site in London. The hospital has been at the forefront of medical understanding for centuries. We are inspired by the deep history of the area, and particularly the nearby St. Bartholomew the Great church which has been in continuous use with marvelous music since 1143. Our proposal is like a vessel within a vessel within a vessel. In the spirit of music, architecture can be a vessel of transcendence."
Laura Lee, chief executive of Maggie’s said: “We are very excited that Steven Holl is working with us to design a Maggie’s Centre. It is also a huge privilege to be able to build a Centre at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and we look forward to opening our doors and helping Londoners who are affected by cancer.”
Director of Barts Cancer Centre, Professor Nick Lemoine, said: “We treat an average of 3,100 new cancer patients every year so thousands will benefit from services offered at the new Maggie’s Centre.
“In addition to the physical effects of cancer treatment, patients and carers often require extra emotional support so I look forward to working with Maggie’s on this special partnership.”
St Bartholomew’s Hospital which serves a population of 1.5m in North East London is the oldest hospital in the country and has always been at the forefront of medical knowledge and understanding. It was the first hospital to train female doctors and the first to trial high voltage radiotherapy for people with cancer.
Today, it is home to one of the most advanced cancer centres in Europe with world-leading specialists and state-of-the-art technology.
Maggie’s Barts - Background InformationBarts Hospital serves a population of 1.5m people across North East London including some of the most deprived and ethnically diverse communities in the UK.
There are 19 hospitals across the North East London Cancer Network all of whom refer cancer patients to Barts Hospital for treatment.
Maggie’s Barts will cost £5m but building work will not start until £4.5m has been raised.
It is hoped the Centre could open in 2014 with a planning application being submitted in early 2013.
The first Maggie’s centre opened in Edinburgh in 1996 and there are now 15 centres either open or under development across the UK and abroad. These include Edinburgh, Glasgow Gatehouse, Glasgow Gartnavel, Dundee, Highlands, Fife, West London, Cheltenham, Nottingham, South West Wales, Oxford, Lanarkshire, Aberdeen, North East and Hong Kong.
Maggie’s programme of support empowers people to live with, through and beyond cancer.
Maggie’s Centres are free to visit, no appointment is necessary and are for anyone affected by any type of cancer as well as their family and friends. Some of the world’s leading architects have designed Maggie’s Centres, including Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Richard Rogers and Rem Koolhaas.
Last year more than 91,770 people visited Maggie’s centres across the UK. Maggie’s model of support has been so successful that it is being taken forward in Hong Kong, Barcelona and Scandinavia.
Maggie’s president is HRH the Duchess of Cornwall.
Maggie’s Barts images / information from Maggie's Centre
Maggies Centre London : main page with photos
photos : Speirs and Major Associates / James Newton
London Architecture Walking Tours
London Architect Offices
Maggie’s Centres : Buildings across the UK - information + images
photograph : Thore Garbers
A recent Maggie’s Centre building on e-architect:
Maggie’s Centre Nottingham
photo : Martine Hamilton Knight
Maggie’s Centre Building : Design in Fife by Zaha Hadid Architects
UCL Cancer Institute building by Grimshaw
University College Hospital London
Steven Holl Architects
Comments / photos for the Maggie’s Barts London page welcome:
Maggie’s Barts Building - page : adrian welch / isabelle lomholt
Website : www.maggiescentres.org