Maggie’s Cotswolds is the seventh Maggie’s Centre to open. The former President of the RIBA, Sir Richard MacCormac, has created a sensitive design, which restores, renovates and extends a Grade ll listed Victorian lodge adjacent to the River Cheltenham and a stone’s throw from the NHS Cancer Treatment Centre at Cheltenham General Hospital. The extension is clad and lined in locally sourced hardwood and sits under a large, winged roof that appears to float above the walls. Two cylindrical ‘refuges’ project into the specially designed garden areas, providing secluded and private spaces.
“ This is a unique facility, which I’m sure will be well used and appreciated by everybody affected by cancer in the local area. We hope our project supports the ambience of Maggie’s Centres and offers a refuge from institutional surroundings that is inviting, domestic and refreshing, and can be both sociable and private.“
- Sir Richard MacCormac
Dr Christine Facer is a scientist and has previously had a successful career in medical science and now runs a dynamic landscape design practice specialising in contemporary design. With the knowledge that stimulating landscapes create a healing environment, Maggie’s Cotswolds design is inspired by the mathematically- derived sigmoid curve, a tilted S-shape motif which is a visual
metaphor for life and living, aspects so relevant to the centre. The curving entrance path links to an eye-catching S-shaped water sculpture by Bill Pye. The courtyard garden adjacent to the centre provides both a restful and energising place to engage the senses.