Maggie's Centre

Maggie's Centre built within the grounds of Velindre Cancer Care Hospital in Cardiff

This building for Maggie’s Cancer Caring charity is built alongside Velindre Hospital in Cardiff. It sits above the River Taff and has views to the surrounding hills. The building is designed as a stone enclosure in a woodland landscape, with cedar lined rooms and internal courtyards around a stone cwtch, to make a place of comfort and protection.

The design for our Maggie’s Centre operates between the familiarity of local material and types, assembling the building in a way that will make you re-appraise the significance of both. The building is predominantly a single-storey stone enclosure, made from rust-stained Pennant Sandstone, capped with two crystalline glass rooflights. These rooflights are made of a copper-coloured glass that reflect both the particular form and colour of the local hills.

The building is configured around a garden space, which opens out through the stone perimeter to a woodland garden designed by RHS Gold Medallist Cleve West. The idea for the building is that it is like a stone sheep-fold or ancient walled garden, located within the woodland.


Structural Engineer:


Services Engineer:

Max Fordham & Partners

Cost Consultants:

Gardiner & Theobald

Landscape Design:

Cleve West


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