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Maggie’s at the Robert Parfett Building


Maggie’s at the Robert Parfett Building

Project Info

Maggie’s Centres provide a welcoming ‘home away from home’ – a place of refuge where people affected by cancer can find emotional and practical support.

The design of the Manchester centre establishes a domestic atmosphere in a garden setting with a greenhouse and a veranda. The centre accommodates a range of spaces from intimate private niches to a library. Naturally illuminated by triangular roof lights, the building is supported by lightweight timber lattice beams. The beams act as partitions between different internal areas, visually dissolving the architecture into the gardens. The timber beams are designed as trusses that reflect the magnitude and orientation of the loads acting on them, anything superfluous to the structural support has been removed. The design uses Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) timber with no visible fixing between the pieces. The diagonal arrangement of the trusses across the central spine provides stability to the roof without the need for additional elements. The desire to create a low energy, homely environment with natural ventilation and daylight defined the design.



ArchitectFoster + Partners

Structural EngineerSir Robert McAlpine

Wood SupplierMetsa Wood

ContractorFoster + Partners, Blumer Lehmann AG / SJB Engineers

SpeciesNordic Spruce


Landscape ServicesDan Pearson Studio