A New Maggie’s Centre for Barts
August 8, 2014
Following an energetically contested campaign, our team of historic building consultants has helped negotiate consent for a new Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre, designed by international architect Steven Holl, to replace an existing post-war building next to James Gibbs‘s 1730’s Grade I listed North Block at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London. In a parallel application, we have designed and gained planning and listed building consent for alterations to the North Block itself. This will provide full wheelchair access for the first time, as well as cloakrooms, kitchens, WCs and means of escape to allow the magnificent Great Hall and staircase, painted by the artist Hogarth, to return to full public use.
Popularly known as Barts, the Hospital was founded in 1123 and is the oldest in the UK still on its original site. Interestingly, the location of the proposed Maggie’s building was, in the 1930s, occupied by a pioneering radiotherapy suite, demonstrating continuity in cancer care at Barts.
Image: Hayes Davidson/Steven Holl