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September 18 2014

Reiach & Hall showcase Maggie’s Lanarkshire
Reiach & Hall Architects have unveiled their completed Maggie’s Centre for NHS Lanarkshire, a low slung steel framed brick pavilion within the grounds of Monklands Hospital.

The £1m scheme is arranged around two central courts animated by highly polished gold perforated metal light catchers to maximise daylight whilst externally there are four small sheltered courts designed to maximise shelter and create quiet spaces for contemplation.

Timber partitions allow for the creation of smaller, more private spaces or, conversely, for public rooms to be joined together for special occasions.

In a statement the architects said: “Visitors enter a quiet simple space, an arrival court, defined by brick walls and two lime trees. At once there is a sense of dignity and calm. A linear rill, a spring, animates the space with the sound of running water, a refreshing source and an intimation of beginnings. A simple piece of text, allt beag, little burn, has been cast into the rill by poet Thomas A Clark heightening the sense of tranquility and reflection. A simple bench offers the opportunity of a pause.

“The journey through the building emerges out into a large walled garden that slopes down to the east; generous terraces give way to a richly planted garden that in time will create its own pockets of space for quiet reflection or conversation.”

The build is finished in a palette of blonde Finnish birch, limed oak and white stained pine.


Photography by David Grandorge and Broaddaylight
Flexible interior spaces can be configured dependant on the situation
Flexible interior spaces can be configured dependant on the situation
Internal and external spaces provide ample opportunity for contemplation and reflection
Internal and external spaces provide ample opportunity for contemplation and reflection

Reiach & Hall have striven to create as homely an environment as possible
Reiach & Hall have striven to create as homely an environment as possible
Sheltered sitooteries meld with the landscape
Sheltered sitooteries meld with the landscape

8 Comments

Jon
#1 Posted by Jon on 18 Sep 2014 at 16:29 PM
What a fantastic building, this is without doubt the most homely feeling Maggies centre yet, a core value that seems to have been lost by some of the others of late.

A big congratulations to the R&H team!
Jim
#2 Posted by Jim on 18 Sep 2014 at 16:49 PM
really....?
I had a wee trip out at the weekend for the doors open day.
thought it was incredibly bland
Anaemic
David
#3 Posted by David on 19 Sep 2014 at 12:28 PM
Ahhh it's like the yes / no debate all over again!
CHARLEYS CAT
#4 Posted by CHARLEYS CAT on 19 Sep 2014 at 14:10 PM
It is a pity that Urban Realm perpetuate the myth that projects are only created by Architects; where are the Landscape Architects, Engineers, Lighting Designers and the like who contributed extensively to deliver this scheme
George Boy
#5 Posted by George Boy on 19 Sep 2014 at 14:16 PM
#4 you will be expecting us to give credit to builders next!
hingwy
#6 Posted by hingwy on 19 Sep 2014 at 15:07 PM
#4&#5, I agree, although the inverse happens in the 'public press' where credit for buildings are appropriated to the main contractor, but no mention of design team. Share the love!
George Boy
#7 Posted by George Boy on 19 Sep 2014 at 15:30 PM
#6 I wouldn’t disagree with you

The main crux is that most (not all) decent sized construction projects are procured through a design and build route.

This effectively means that the main contractor are the designer.

The M&E, C&S, Landscape and even the Architect are effectively sub-contractors to them.

Until Design Consultants and are willing or able to take full responsibility for the design then they will be always viewed as a subby.
hingwy
#8 Posted by hingwy on 19 Sep 2014 at 16:13 PM
That's true, and also add in situations where the original designer isn't novated to the site stage; who gets the credit?...!

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