Manchester cancer sufferers could soon access the most cutting-edge treatments after a fresh planning permission application for a Maggie’s Centre at The Christie.
The new centre could be set to open the door to a wider range of therapy for cancer sufferers and their family and friends with practical, social and emotional support also on offer.
There are already 17 Maggie’s Centres across the UK, online and abroad and they offer qualified professionals on-hand to deliver their programme of support.
Working in partnership with The Christie, a global leader in cancer treatment, the Centre should enhance the cancer support currently offered.
Due to open in 2016, the centre is designed by London architects Foster + Partners with founder Reddish-born Lord Norman Foster personally heading up the project.
The Centre will offer an evidence-based programme of support in an uplifting non-clinical environment.
Deputy CEO at The Christie, Dr Stephanie Jenkins believes the new centre would be of great benefit to patients.
“This is an exciting step forward in a development which would make a huge difference to our patients and their families,” Dr Jenkins said.
“A Maggie’s Centre would significantly enhance the cancer care and support already offered at The Christie.”
The new Maggie’s Centre at The Christie will offer a number of services, including; psychological support, nutrition workshops, relaxation and stress management, art therapy and yoga.
Maggie’s CEO Laura Lee said: “The application for planning permission brings us one step closer to the Centre becoming a reality and being able to offer the highest quality cancer support to the people of the North West.”
The architecture of Maggie’s Centres play a key role in the care they are able to provide and, with Lord Foster on-board, the design of the building is a crucial part of the treatment on offer.
Lord Foster’s previous buildings include iconic London skyscraper ‘The Gherkin’ and the Hong Kong International Airport.
“I believe in the power of architecture to lift the spirits and help in the process of therapy,” the 78-year-old said.
“This project has a particular personal significance, as I was born in the city and have first-hand experience of the distress of a cancer diagnosis.”
The centre’s design is focused on an interaction with nature, featuring a glass house to allow patients to engage with their surroundings and a peaceful garden.
The theme of nature will run throughout the centre with micro-gardens and internal courtyards as well as a pool with moving water adding to the calm, relaxing nature of the centre.
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