Cancer Care Building in The Wirral, Clatterbridge Healthcare Design, Pictures
Maggie’s Centre in Liverpool
Key Interim Centre Development in Wirral, Merseyside, England, UK – design by Carmody Groarke
16 Mar 2014
A room with a view – Maggie’s is coming to The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre
Design: Carmody Groarke
London Olympics installation will become part of the new Maggie’s Centre in Liverpool
The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre has announced a new partnership with Maggie’s, the charity that provides free practical, emotional and social support for anyone living with cancer as well as their family and friends, to create a Maggie’s Centre on its main hospital site in Wirral, Merseyside. The interim Centre, designed by renowned architectural firm Carmody Groarke, will significantly enhance the cancer care and support already offered at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre.
Over the next few years, The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre has exciting plans to expand its services into central Liverpool. Investment in services at its current main hospital site in Wirral are also planned so a creative, interim solution has been designed which can advance with their future development plans.
Patients will be able to access the huge range of support services that Maggie’s offer, including psychological support, benefits advice, nutrition workshops, relaxation and stress management, art therapy, tai chi and yoga.
On Saturday March 8th, ‘The London Dresser’ – the first of the seven portable buildings which make up the interim centre – was delivered to the hospital. ‘The London Dresser’ was a project commissioned by the Mayor of London as part of the Wonder Installations series for 2012 during the London 2012 Olympics.
Maggie’s purchased the dresser from its manufacturer, millimetre, after the London Olympics as an innovative solution to providing a beautiful space for its visitors. The dresser’s 11 metre long glass panelled side will also showcase Clatterbridge’s unique rural location by offering a magnificent panoramic view over the farming fields of the Wirral landscape.
Laura Lee, Chief Executive of Maggie’s said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre and Carmody Groarke. The emotional and practical impact on people with a cancer diagnosis and their families and friends is devastating as they face one of life’s biggest challenges. The residents across Merseyside and Cheshire deserve access to the vital support that a Maggie’s Centre can offer; to help to transform their lives positively and build a life beyond cancer.”
Andrew Cannell, Chief Executive at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre commented “For our patients to have such immediate and easy access to the support services Maggie’s offers further enhances our mission to deliver the most compassionate cancer care possible to our patients.
“We are always looking for new ways to improve our services for residents across Merseyside and Cheshire. As we lay down our plans to build a new cancer centre in central Liverpool, the innovative design of this interim centre has been purposefully constructed with these plans in mind so Maggie’s can expand with us – helping us continue to offer the best cancer treatment and support services throughout the region.”
Built in the grounds of specialist NHS cancer hospitals, Maggie’s Centres are warm and welcoming places, with qualified professionals on hand to offer an evidence based programme of support that has been shown to improve physical and emotional wellbeing.
The Big Lottery Fund and The Monument Trust are generously funding the construction of the new interim Maggie’s Centre at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in Wirral and the costs of core staff over the first three years of the project.
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