Maggie's Centre, Manchester

Structural Designer

Foster + Partners

Client Name

The Maggie Keswick Jencks Cancer Caring Centres Trust

Location

Manchester, UK

ARCHITECT, STRUCTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERS

Foster + Partners

QUANTITY SURVEYOR

Gardiner & Theobold

LANDSCAPE CONSULTANT

Dan Pearson Studio

LIGHTING CONSULTANT

Cundall

MAIN CONTRACTOR

Sir Robert McAlpine

TIMBER DESIGN AND BUILD CONTRACTOR

Blumer Lehmann

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Maggie’s Centres provide a welcoming ‘home from home’ for people affected by cancer. The Manchester Centre establishes a domestic atmosphere in a garden setting a short walk from The Christie Hospital’s leading oncology unit.

The centre’s structure was constructed entirely in laminated veneer lumber, a sustainable harvested softwood which minimises the carbon footprint of the building. The frames were fabricated using computer-controlled cutting that minimised the total amount of material used.

 

Judge's comment:

This is an elegant building with a very simple structural idea at its heart. The judges liked the way the story of the building structure was develop0ed and made completely legible to everyone inside. The resulting clarity gives the building great integrity and allows the structural engineering to be an important part of people’s experience.