Architects chosen to build Forth Valley Maggie’s

The Maggie's Centre will be built in the grounds of Forth Valley Royal
The Maggie's Centre will be built in the grounds of Forth Valley Royal

Award-winning architects have been signed up to design the Maggie’s Centre in the grounds of Forth Valley Royal Hospital.

Glasgow-based NORD has already revealed they hope to put the iconic building, which will provide a base for a support and information service for cancer sufferers, next to the loch in the Larbert grounds.

The £3 million to build the centre has been pledged by charity Walk the Walk, which is again supporting Maggie’s through money raised from The MoonWalk Edinburgh.

NORD, established in 2002, has been involved in the Govanhill Pool regeneration and The Hallion restaurant, both in Glasgow, and the primary energy substation for the London Olympics.

Director Alan Pert said: “This is a fantastic way to celebrate 10 years of NORD and we look forward to working with the amazing team behind this network of centres.

“At a recent visit to the Maggie’s London headquarters, we came across a collection of architectural models of the various centres built over the years, including Richard Murphy’s first one from 1996.

“It is an incredible achievement that so many of these buildings have been realised and to contribute to this vision is a huge privilege.”

The site of the new centre is within the 70 acres of grounds owned by NHS Forth Valley and will be a short walk from the £300 million hospital, designed by Keppie and opened last year by HM The Queen.

Professor Fiona Mackenzie, NHS Forth Valley chief executive, said: “This is very exciting news. I have no doubt that NORD will design a distinctive Maggie’s Centre, which will create a unique environment, to support the many hundreds of people from across Forth Valley who are treated for cancer every year.”

Welcoming the announcement that NORD would be designing new centre, Maggie’s chief executive Laura Lee, said: “They are an inspirational and contemporary company who draw their influences from social and cultural issues making them, in our eyes, the perfect fit for Maggie’s.

“Their selection has been a cause for great excitement and I can’t wait to see the plans for Forth Valley and eventually to welcome another thought-provoking, warm and welcoming Maggie’s centre into the world.”

This is the second Maggie’s centre to be funded by Walk the Walk. The first, at Gartnavel in Glasgow, opened last October.

Nina Barough, the charity’s founder and chief executive, said: “Walk the Walk is delighted that NORD has been chosen as the architects for Maggie’s Forth Valley centre and we all look forward to seeing the plans of what I know will be a beautiful, unique and ground breaking building, whilst embracing the Maggie’s ethos, and reflecting the care that this charity is renowned for.

“It is wonderful news and I feel very proud knowing that those affected by cancer in the Forth Valley will soon have a Maggie’s to turn to and that we helped make it happen.”

Some of the world’s leading architects have designed Maggie’s Centres, including Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Richard Rogers and Rem Koolhaas.

Last year more than 91,000 people visited the charity’s centres across the UK.