Architectural students find inspiration on Maggie’s site visit

Architecture students from Robert Gordon University’s Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment (SSS) are looking to the new Maggie’s Centre in Aberdeen for inspiration.

Architecture students visit Maggie'sThe fifth and sixth year students made the first of three visits to the site of Maggie’s Aberdeen at the Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation Building in the grounds of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary at Foresterhill as part of research work for their individual Master’s Thesis.

Scott Sutherland School Lecturer and architectural journalist Penny Lewis said: “Maggie’s Centres are rich in architectural ideas and the innovative use of materials – so the students will be visiting the project three times over the course of construction to gain inspiration. 

“It provides a brilliant opportunity for the students to see ambitious architectural ideas being converted into new buildings. Understanding the process of construction, rather than simply visiting the finished product, is very important for architecture students.”

Maggie’s Aberdeen, which will provide a programme of care to people with cancer, their friends and families, is being built with funds raised by the Monty’s Maggie’s Appeal, a partnership between Maggie’s and the Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation, the charity created by golfer Colin Montgomerie in memory of his mother who died from lung cancer .

The Monty’s Maggie’s Appeal also announced recently that fundraising to date has reached a staggering £2.5 million towards the target of £3million.

Once opened, the centre will be called Maggie’s Aberdeen at the Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation Building in recognition of the incredible work of the Foundation in helping to bring Maggie’s to Aberdeen.

Aberdeen is currently the only Scottish city not to have a Maggie’s Centre.

The Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation Building will service a population of 500,000 across the Grampian area.

An area in which there are 2500 new cancer diagnosis every year.

Maggie’s National Campaigns Director Scotland Sharon O’Loan said:  “Architecture is a fundamental part of Maggie’s and the service we provide so we are delighted if one of our buildings, even though it is not yet open, can serve as inspiration to a new generation of architects.

“Maggie’s provides a unique service to people with cancer, their friends and families and as far as we are concerned it is vital that that service is delivered in the right building.

 “Maggie’s are warm, safe, comforting home-from-home environments where people can come to get social and psychological support, use workshops relevant for each stage of their experience and find the practical and emotional resources that will give them the best chance of negotiating cancer.”

The new Maggie’s in Aberdeen has been designed by Norwegian architects Snohetta and local architects, Halliday Fraser Munro and when finished, will have a white concrete dome encasing.

Building work is being carried out by Robertson Construction Eastern Ltd who are also building the NHS Grampian’s new Emergency Care Centre.

Maggie’s Project Manager Ian Thomson said: “I think there is no doubt the Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation Building will become an icon.

“I don’t think there is anything else like it in Scotland.”


Notes to Editors:

  • Maggie’s and the Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation (EMF) have worked closely together to drive forward the Appeal to raise funds to build Maggie’s Aberdeen at the Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation Building.
  • EMF was founded in 2007 by Colin Montgomerie in memory of his mother Elizabeth who died from lung cancer in 1991.
  • EMF are committed to raising funds needed for two new Maggie’s Centres in Scotland – Maggie’s Aberdeen and Maggie’s Lanarkshire.
  • Norwegian Architects Snohetta, and local architects, Halliday Fraser Munro, have designed the building and building work is being carried out by Roberston Construction Eastern Ltd .
  • Aberdeen based companies who have supported the appeal include Simmons, Stewart Milne Group, BG Group, Apache, Wood Group PSN, Craig Group, Ferguson Group, Flexlife, Nautronix, and John Clark Group .
  • Maggie’s offers free emotional, practical and social support to people with cancer and their families and friends.
  • Maggie’s is there for people at any stage of any type of cancer and no appointments are necessary. 
  • Maggie’s Centres are in the grounds of specialist cancer hospitals and are designed by architects including Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, and Norman Foster.
  • The first Maggie’s Centre opened in Edinburgh in 1996 and there are now 14 Centres offering our programme of support: Edinburgh, Glasgow Gatehouse, Glasgow Gartnavel, Dundee, Highlands, Fife, West London, Cheltenham, Nottingham, South West Wales, Cambridge, Oxford, Lanarkshire and Hong Kong.
  • In 2011, Maggie’s Centres across the UK received more than 100,000 visits.
  • Maggie’s Online Centre extends support to reach people wherever they are in the world and whenever they need it at:

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