Maggie's Centre CheltenhamEdit profile
Situated within the grounds of Cheltenham hospital, the new centre will provide a free drop-in service for cancer sufferers and their families, offering emotional and psychological support and information.
The new facility will be housed within a new single storey extension to the existing Victorian Grade II Listed Pool Keeper’s Lodge which sits by the river Chelt. The extension, clad and lined in locally sourced hardwood and conceived as a series of highly detailed pieces of ‘furniture’, sits under a large over sailing winged roof.
The building sets out to provide a series of distinct and reassuring spaces situated 5mins walk away from the main hospital. The scale of both the existing lodge and the new extension offers a domestic context distinct from the institutional character of the hospital itself. The centre is entered through an enclosed and highly landscaped garden in which there will be several discrete sitting areas.
The intention is that the building, with its combination of openness and intimacy and its secluded gardens, can provide a sanctuary away from the busy hospital which complements the emotional and psychological support provided by the Maggie’s Centre staff.