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· Amy Glover

Maggie’s Newcastle Grows

Planning approved for extension to Maggie's Newcastle

Cullinan Studio has received planning permission to expand their Maggie’s centre, located in the grounds of the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

Over 100,000 people have visited Maggie’s Newcastle since it opened in May 2013, making it one of the busiest centres in the UK. Subsequently, this is the quickest since opening that a Maggie's centre has needed an extension. 

Drawing by Ted Cullinan of the proposed extension to Maggie's Newcastle, providing additional support spaces, meeting rooms, a new courtyard and extended roof garden, accessed by a curved external staircase.

The existing centre, which helps support people living with cancer and their friends and families, is designed to appear as if it is emerging from the earth. The L-shaped building, angled towards the sun, embraces a sheltered courtyard garden protected on all sides by earth banks planted with flowering perennials and herbs. Maintaining its low-energy principles, Maggie's Newcastle will grow by approximately a third, providing additional support spaces, counselling rooms, a new courtyard and an extended roof garden, for people with cancer in the north east and Cumbria.

Maggie’s centre head Karen Verrill said, “Every day around 100 people will visit Maggie’s for help, advice and support. This includes young people coming to terms with a shock diagnosis; parents learning to live with incurable cancer and families recently bereaved.

 

“On particularly busy days, we’ve had over 250 people a day. You don’t need an appointment or a referral and can simply call in whenever you need support. Visitors will often arrive in distress and need a private space to speak confidentially with our team of experts. Our planned extension will give us additional counselling rooms and private corners for these conversations, plus a larger space to meet the growing demand for our support groups and workshops.”

Fundraising for Maggie’s

This September, Cullinan Studio will be taking part in two events to raise money for Maggie’s; the Great North Run and the Maggie’s Culture Crawl. Donations can be made via their JustGiving page.

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