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Maggie's Centre Leeds

The Maggie's Centre’s at St James' University Hospital in Leeds innovative design consists of a series of contained gardens that capture the therapeutic effect of plants.

The building takes the form of a collection of stepped planted elements, each holding a piece of garden, bringing the planting into and over the building itself. Shared and private internal spaces are playfully created between and within the planters.

The building's low energy design takes a fabric first approach, with excellent air tightness, building form and fabric thermal performance making the demand for heat exceptionally low. Large glazing areas favouring the low winter sun make good use of solar heat during the winter months.

Large, well positioned openings draw air through the building, keeping occupants cool in the summer months and omitting the need for energy intensive cooling.

The building benefits from low energy LED lighting throughout, with light levels set low to help minimise electricity consumption and give the building a calm, domestic ambience.

The services have been intricately coordinated with the architecture to give the building a spacious and seamless feel, and to contrast with the institutional feel of the surrounding hospital buildings.

Project information

Status: Completed

Location: Leeds

Size: 462 sqm

Annual CO2 emissions: 26.1kg/sqm




Client: Maggie's Centres

Architect: Heatherwick Studio

Landscape Architect: Balston Agius

Structural Engineer: AKT II

Services Engineer: Max Fordham

Cost Consultant:  Robert Lombardelli Partnership

Contractor: Knight Harwood

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