Maggie’s at Barts is the 23rd centre to open across the UK offering support and advice to people with cancer as well as their friends and family.
Opened in 2017 and designed by New York-based architect Stephen Holl, the new centre sits alongside the Grade I Listed Great Hall in the courtyard of St Bartholomew’s, London’s oldest hospital.
The project involved the demolition of a 1960s extension to the North Wing and the construction of a new three storey urban ‘Cancer Caring Centre’ with open curved staircase integral to the concrete frame with open spaces vertically lined in bamboo.
The ground floor provides a kitchen and dining room while the first floor contains a library with seating areas as well as offices and counselling rooms. Up on the roof there is a public roof garden as well as a large room for meetings, yoga and Tai Chi.
Maggie’s was founded by the late Maggie Keswick Jencks and her husband, architecture theorist Charles Jencks. Each scheme has been designed by a leading architect to provide a ‘home away from home’ where people affected by cancer can find emotional and practical support.