Agius is working on Yorkshire Centre in Leeds with Thomas Heatherwick
Marie-Louise Agius, of landscape practice Balston Agius has been appointed alongside Heatherwick Studio, the practice of designer Thomas Heatherwick, to design the latest Maggie’s Centre which will be in the grounds of St James’s Hospital in Leeds.
The new centre will enhance the cancer support already provided through Leeds Cancer Support at the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre, through Maggie’s evidence-based core programme of support including psychological support, benefits advice, nutrition workshops, relaxation and stress management, art therapy, tai chi and yoga. The centre is scheduled to open in 2017.
The design consists of a series of contained gardens that will capture the therapeutic effect of plants and contrast with the more formal surrounding hospital buildings. The design will create a warm, informal interior space as well as an inspiring exterior to encourage positivity among centre visitors and passers-by.
The building will take the form of a collection of stepped planter elements, each holding a piece of garden, bringing the planting into and over the building itself. Shared and private internal spaces will be playfully created between and within the planters.