J&L Gibbons to landscape new Maggie's Centre in Somerset

Maggie's, the cancer support charity, has chosen Alison Brooks Architects to design its latest centre in collaboration with Johanna Gibbons of JLG Landscape Architecture and structural engineers Webb Yates.

A Maggie's centre in Oxford. Image: Maggie's
A Maggie's centre in Oxford. Image: Maggie's

The charity aims to create beautiful, welcoming, landscaped drop-in centres on the grounds of cancer specialist hospitals. Brooks and her team will design Maggie's Taunton for the edge of the grounds of the Musgrove Park Hospital in Somerset, overlooking the Blackdown Hills.

Landscape designers and architects work closely on the creation of a Maggie's Centre to ensure the outside and inside of the space work well together. Scent, sight, weather and privacy are all important components of Maggie's gardens and they should be visible from as much of the inside of the building as possible.

Previous designers of Maggie's gardens include Kim Wilkie, Dan Pearson and Arabella Lennox-Boyd. Research has found the gardens have a proven positive effect on visitors and staff

Laura Lee, chief executive at Maggie's, said: "We are so pleased to be bringing a Maggie's Centre to Taunton and are excited by the designs put forward by Alison Brooks and JLG Landscape Architecture.

"Great design and architecture are integral to what we do at Maggie's as each and every one of our centres is specifically designed to welcome people with cancer and offer them a place to seek practical advice, talk to other people with cancer or just to sit quietly with a cup of tea while awaiting appointments or results."

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