Building Hope: The Maggie
Building Hope: The Maggie's Centres Full BBC Documentary 2016
Published: 2016/11/07
Channel: nomadwariror
BBC Documentary – Building Hope: The Maggie
BBC Documentary – Building Hope: The Maggie's Centres – Clip 1
Published: 2016/12/07
Channel: Maggie's Centres
More Than Medicine – Maggie
More Than Medicine – Maggie's Centres
Published: 2015/06/03
Channel: Maggies Centres
A short film about Maggie
A short film about Maggie's
Published: 2014/04/10
Channel: Maggie's Centres
Maggie's Centre
Published: 2013/05/01
Channel: RichardMurphyArch
Maggie's Centre Glasgow by OMA
Published: 2016/11/21
Channel: Architects' Journal
BBC Documentary – Building Hope: The Maggie
BBC Documentary – Building Hope: The Maggie's Centres: Clip 2
Published: 2016/12/07
Channel: Maggie's Centres
New Maggie
New Maggie's Centre at St Bartholomew's Hospital
Published: 2014/04/29
Channel: Maggie's Centres
BBC Documentary – Building Hope: The Maggie
BBC Documentary – Building Hope: The Maggie's Centres – Clip 4
Published: 2016/12/07
Channel: Maggie's Centres
Maggie's Manchester timelapse
Published: 2016/06/09
Channel: Maggie's Centres
BBC Documentary – Building Hope: The Maggie
BBC Documentary – Building Hope: The Maggie's Centres – Clip 5
Published: 2016/12/07
Channel: Maggie's Centres
BBC Documentary – Building Hope: The Maggie
BBC Documentary – Building Hope: The Maggie's Centres – Clip 3
Published: 2016/12/07
Channel: Maggie's Centres
BBC Lifeline Appeal for Maggie
BBC Lifeline Appeal for Maggie's Cancer Centres - BBC One
Published: 2010/03/25
Channel: BBC
Maggie's Manchester timelapse video
Published: 2016/06/15
Channel: Maggie's Centres
Breathing Space
Breathing Space
Published: 2018/06/29
Channel: Maggie's Centres
Maggie’s Centre, Oxford
Maggie’s Centre, Oxford
Published: 2017/09/14
Channel: Wilkinson Eyre
Maggie's Barts – demolition timelapse
Published: 2016/07/07
Channel: Maggie's Centres
Maggie's Night Hike 2010 - London
Published: 2010/11/19
Channel: Maggie's Centres
Volunteering at Maggie
Volunteering at Maggie's Centre in Glasgow
Published: 2016/12/12
Channel: Brodies LLP - Scottish Solicitors
Official opening of Maggie
Official opening of Maggie's Lanarkshire
Published: 2015/02/19
Channel: Maggie's Centres
Maggie's Centre Dundee Hug
Published: 2010/01/28
Channel: Maggie's Centres
Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre HK - Opening (March 7, 2013)
Published: 2015/09/09
Channel: Maggie's HK
About Maggie
About Maggie's Cheltenham
Published: 2010/11/19
Channel: Maggie's Centres
Maggie’s Centre | dRMM Architects
Maggie’s Centre | dRMM Architects
Published: 2018/01/29
Channel: urbanNext
Maggie's Monster Bike & Hike 2012 video
Published: 2012/10/29
Channel: Maggie's Centres
Maggie's Centres, decorate your emotions
Published: 2011/02/28
Channel: Luis Leon Schroder
StevenHoll Music Architecture Maggie
StevenHoll Music Architecture Maggie's Centre
Published: 2015/04/08
Channel: Mehran Hashemi
Find out about Maggie
Find out about Maggie's Monster Bike & Hike 2012 video
Published: 2012/10/29
Channel: Maggie's Centres
Raeburn Construction for Maggie
Raeburn Construction for Maggie's Centres 26.11.15
Published: 2015/11/30
Channel: Transformations
Maggie's Monster Bike & Hike 2011
Published: 2011/10/17
Channel: Maggie's Centres
Everest Challenge for Maggie
Everest Challenge for Maggie's Centres - Scotmid Co-operative
Published: 2013/05/17
Channel: Scotmid Co-operative
Stirling Prize Shortlist 2009: Maggie
Stirling Prize Shortlist 2009: Maggie's Centre
Published: 2009/10/15
Channel: TheArchitectsJournal
Help us bring a Maggie
Help us bring a Maggie's Centre to Nottingham
Published: 2010/06/23
Channel: Maggie's Centres
Live Painting Of Maggie
Live Painting Of Maggie's Centre Penguin
Published: 2018/05/12
Channel: abertayTV
Maggie's Monster Bike & Hike 2009 - part 2
Published: 2009/07/13
Channel: Maggie's Centres
Cancer Conversations: Maggie
Cancer Conversations: Maggie's Manchester - Maggie's Centres
Published: 2018/07/04
Channel: Cancer Conversations
Help us bring a Maggie
Help us bring a Maggie's Centre to the North East
Published: 2010/07/14
Channel: Maggie's Centres
Newcastle Centre Opening | Maggie
Newcastle Centre Opening | Maggie's Centres | The Gate Interactive
Published: 2014/03/11
Channel: The Gate
Live Painting Of Maggie
Live Painting Of Maggie's Center
Published: 2018/05/13
Channel: abertayTV
Colin Montgomerie introduces Maggie
Colin Montgomerie introduces Maggie's Centre, Aberdeen
Published: 2013/07/04
Channel: Robertson Group
Another Bloody Cancer Blog #21 - visit to Maggie
Another Bloody Cancer Blog #21 - visit to Maggie's centre.
Published: 2017/07/13
Channel: Another Bloody Cancer Blog
CIE supports Nottingham Maggie
CIE supports Nottingham Maggie's Cancer Support Centre
Published: 2018/03/13
Channel: CIE AV Solutions
Insights Maggie
Insights Maggie's Penguin Parade
Published: 2018/07/18
Channel: Insights Learning and Development
Maggie’s Manchester, John and Hannah’s story
Maggie’s Manchester, John and Hannah’s story
Published: 2018/06/18
Channel: Maggie's Centres
'a glowing lantern with a bamboo cocoon' … new maggie's centre hides its battle scars well
Published: 2017/12/18
Channel: Гурам Ладариа
Maggie's Centre Project by Taylor Boulware
Published: 2018/05/01
Maggie's Online Centre
Published: 2010/04/20
Channel: Maggie's Centres
Maggie's Culture Crawl London 2017
Published: 2017/11/06
Channel: Maggie's Centres
HelloTomDyer goes to Maggie
HelloTomDyer goes to Maggie's Centre Swansea with Sing with Us
Published: 2017/05/02
Channel: HelloTomDyer
IoF National Convention 2012 - Laura Lee Maggie
IoF National Convention 2012 - Laura Lee Maggie's Caring Cancer Centres
Published: 2012/07/03
Channel: Institute of Fundraising
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Founded 1995
Founder Maggie Keswick Jencks
Charles Jencks
Type Charitable organisation
Registration no. SC024414
Focus Palliative care
Area served
United Kingdom
Hong Kong
Key people
Laura Lee
(Chief Executive)
Statue of Maggie Jencks at Maggie's Centre in Edinburgh

Maggie's Centres are a network of drop-in centres across the United Kingdom and Hong Kong, which aim to help anyone who has been affected by cancer. They are not intended as a replacement for conventional cancer therapy, but as a caring environment that can provide support, information and practical advice. They are located near, but are separate from, existing NHS hospitals.

The Scottish registered charity (registration number SC024414) which promotes, builds and runs the centres is formally named the Maggie Keswick Jencks Cancer Caring Trust, but refers to itself simply as Maggie's. It was founded by and named after the late Maggie Keswick Jencks, who died of cancer in 1995. Like her husband, architectural writer and critic Charles Jencks, she believed in the ability of buildings to uplift people. The buildings that house the centres have been designed by leading architects, including Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid and Richard Rogers.[1]

Patrons of the charity include Frank Gehry, Jon Snow, Kirsty Wark, and Sarah Brown, wife of former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The charity's chief executive officer is Laura Lee, who was Maggie's cancer nurse.[2] The President of the charity is Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.[3]

The centres[edit]


Maggie's Centre in Edinburgh, designed by Richard Murphy

The first Maggie's Centre opened in Edinburgh in 1996,[4] and is located within the Western General Hospital on Crewe Road. The centre is housed in a converted stable block. The conversion, designed by Richard Murphy, was nominated for 1997 Stirling Prize. The centre was extended, again by Murphy, in 1999.


Maggie's Centre in Glasgow, designed by Page\Park Architects

Glasgow's first Maggie's Centre opened in 2002 and was located at the Western Infirmary on Dumbarton Road, near the Kelvingrove Museum.[4] The centre was housed in a former gatehouse lodge of the University of Glasgow, renovated and altered by Page\Park Architects. Charles Jencks designed the landscaping around the site, and contributed a DNA sculpture for the garden. In 2011 a new facility opened at Gartnavel, having been designed by OMA, led by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and Ellen van Loon.[5]


Maggie's Centre, Ninewells, Dundee, designed by Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry's first building in the United Kingdom was the Maggie's Centre at Dundee. The centre opened in September 2003 at Ninewells Hospital.[6] Gehry's design was named "Building of the Year" by the Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland, and was also nominated for the 2004 RIAS Andrew Doolan Award for Architecture.


The Maggie's Centre in Inverness, Highland, is at Raigmore Hospital, and was designed by David Page of Page\Park Architects.[4] Landscape design and sculptures were again the work of Charles Jencks. The building opened in 2005, and won the 2006 RIAS Andrew Doolan Award for Architecture.


Maggie's Centre, Fife, designed by Zaha Hadid

The Maggie's Centre in Kirkcaldy, Fife, opened in November 2006 at the Victoria Hospital. The building was designed by Zaha Hadid, and is her first built work in the UK.[7] In the building there is emphasis placed on the transition between the natural and the man-made, and on the period between the hospital and home; the transition after having undergone treatment. There was an emphasis on clear and translucent glass, with powerfully sculptural cantilevers. The entrance facade is almost entirely made from glass. On the north side, the roof extension protects the entrance, while to the south, it provides shade. This can be seen as a fusion between form and function. Much thought has gone into the layout of the building, with the kitchen as the centre of the building and an informal atmosphere.


Maggie's Centre, London, designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

The Maggie's Centre in London is located at Charing Cross Hospital, West London. Opened in April 2008, the centre was designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and was the first purpose-built Maggie's Centre in England. Dan Pearson designed the garden around the centre.[8] In May 2009 the centre won a RIBA award for architectural excellence and was named as London Project of the Year.[9] On 17 October 2009 Richard Rogers and his team at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners were awarded the Stirling Prize for the building, and subsequently donated the £20,000 prize money to the cancer care centre.


Maggie's Cheltenham, beside Cheltenham General Hospital, was opened by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall in October 2010. The centre was designed by Sir Richard MacCormac of MJP Architects, and the landscaping by Dr Christine Facer.[10]


Nottingham, architect Piers Gough

Completed in 2011 Piers Gough's building for Nottingham's Maggies offers a "light, peaceful and non-institutional design (to) be a sanctuary for all those who walk through the door. Sheltered by trees, the centre (is) a homely, comfortable space next to the busy hospital, where anyone affected by cancer can come to relax. The centre is a safe space where visitors can engage with nature while being sheltered from the elements. From the outside the playful appearance entice(s) people to take a look through the door; once they do the harmony of light and space will create a uniquely welcoming environment."[11] The interior was designed by fashion designer Paul Smith, who grew up in Nottingham.[12]


Maggie's South West Wales Centre at Singleton Hospital in Swansea was designed by the late Japanese Architect Kisho Kurokawa shortly before his death in 2007. The centre was opened in December 2011 by First Minister Carwyn Jones in the presence of guests of honour, Japanese ambassador to the UK Keiichi Hayashi, the family of architect Kisho Kurokawa, and Welsh footballer John Hartson.[13]


Maggie's Newcastle is located at Freeman Hospital, a short walk from the Northern Centre for Cancer Care (NCCC) and was designed by RIBA Royal Gold Medallist, Ted Cullinan of Edward Cullinan Architects.

Hong Kong[edit]

Maggie's Centre Hong Kong

Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre opened in a permanent location at Tuen Mun Hospital in March 2013, after operating from an interim site since 2008. The new premises were designed by Ronald Lu and Partners and comprise the programme building surrounded by a tranquil outdoor environment.[14]


Maggie's Lanarkshire opened in 2014 at Monklands Hospital, Airdrie and was designed by Reiach and Hall Architects of Edinburgh.


Maggie's Oxford by architects WilkinsonEyre

Maggie's Oxford opened in 2014 at Churchill Hospital, Oxford


Maggie's Aberdeen

Maggie's Aberdeen was designed by Norwegian architects Snøhetta at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen and opened in 2013.


Maggie's Manchester was designed by Foster and Partners and opened in April 2016.[15]


Plans for Wales' second Maggie's Centre, for the Velindre Hospital site in Cardiff, were revealed in 2014. The design was by Dow Jones Architects.[16] Funding of £850,000 was made available by the Wales Government in 2017 to begin work on an interim Centre, with an expected completion date of 2022.[17]


On 5 February 2018 it was announced that two new Maggie’s Centres at the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre on the Wirral and the Royal Liverpool Hospital in the City Centre would be built as part of a joint project with the Steve Morgan Foundation.[18]

Media coverage[edit]

Christian Voice has been criticised for its role in causing Maggie's Centres to decline a four-figure donation from the proceeds of a special performance of Jerry Springer: The Opera. The charity had been due to receive £10 per ticket for an afternoon gala but declined the donation after CV had threatened to picket their centres.[19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ See Charles Jencks and Edwin Heathcote, The Architecture of Hope: Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres, London, Frances Lincoln, 2010. ISBN 978-0-7112-2597-8
  2. ^ "Midweek". BBC. 16 March 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "HRH The Duchess of Cornwall became President of Maggie's in November 2008". Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c "Maggie's Centres: healing architecture?". The Guardian. 6 May 2010. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Maggie's cancer care centre opens at Gartnavel Hospital". BBC News. 3 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Schmertz, Mildred F. (28 February 2009). "Maggie's Centres". Architectural Digest. Retrieved 1 July 2017. 
  7. ^ Maggie's Centre, Kirkcaldy by Zaha Hadid Building Design online, 27 October 2006 [1]
  8. ^ Tree of life The Observer, 11 May 2008
  9. ^ Rogers deserves recognition for this delightful building London Evening Standard, 21 May 2009 [2]
  10. ^ Duchess of Cornwall opens Cheltenham cancer care centre BBC News, 19 October 2010 [3]
  11. ^
  12. ^ Glancey, Jonathan. "Maggie's Centre: the jolly green giant". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "John Hartson at Maggie's Swansea cancer centre opening". BBC News. 9 December 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2017. 
  14. ^ "Opening of the first purpose-built Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre in Hong Kong". Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre. Archived from the original on 16 December 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  15. ^ "The Duchess of Cornwall opens Maggie's Manchester". Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre. 
  16. ^ Emma Sisk (7 May 2014). "Plans revealed for Wales' second Maggie's Centre for cancer sufferers". Wales Online. Retrieved 28 November 2017. 
  17. ^ "£850k for Maggie's cancer centre at Velindre Cardiff site". BBC News. 17 June 2017. Retrieved 28 November 2017. 
  18. ^ "Maggie's cancer support centre opening in Wirral". Click Liverpool. 5 February 2018. Retrieved 5 February 2018. 
  19. ^ Blackstock, Colin (24 February 2005). "Militant Christians block donation to cancer charity". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2 October 2008. 

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