Maggie’s is named after Maggie Keswick Jencks who had a vision to create a network of imaginatively designed drop-in care centres after she was diagnosed with cancer. They are created in line with Maggie’s belief in the power of buildings to inspire people and provide a positive environment for care and support.
Maggie’s Newcastle injects a seasonally responsive, fluxing, landscaped realm into the Freeman Hospital grounds. Responding to the forces of sun and time, the centre sits still within its landscaped banks and under a planted roof allowing copper beeches, cherry blossom, crocuses, wild flowers and herbs to delight with the seasons.
Designed to BREEAM ‘Excellent’, high levels of insulation, underfloor heating and solar panels on the circular roof, all contribute to a very low energy building.