IBI Group’s “pebble” concept cancer centre opens

The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre in Harrogate, north of Leeds, has officially been opened.


October 23, 2014

HARROGATE, UK – The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre in Harrogate, north of Leeds, has officially been opened by Lady Camilla Halifax, President, Macmillan Cancer Support, and Ms Christine Talbot from ITV Calendar.

Designed by IBI Group, this gracefully curved building is planned around a conceptual form of two linked “pebbles” – an elegant solution that reflects the quality ethos of the charity.

“The pebble forms not only respond to the shape of the site but also engender a non-institutional character, helping to guide patients through the various stages of treatment,” said John Knape, Architect and Frameworks Director at IBI Group. “The design focuses on meeting the personal, physical, and emotional needs of patients and their carers, ensuring that privacy and confidentiality are maintained, whilst assisting delivery of the highest standard of care”.

The holistic design approach has successfully integrated landscaping and art into the interior fabric of the building, creating a beautiful and serene retreat. At the heart of each pebble is a healing garden – gracious and contemplative spaces which provide pleasing vistas and ensure the building is filled with natural light.

The design complies with the Macmillan Quality Environment Mark, incorporating spaces of the highest clinical standard, and includes many sustainable features. The building is also set to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating.

The £9-million ($16.1-million CDN) project, which included the construction of a single deck car park as an enabling scheme, was commissioned by Harrogate & District NHS Foundation Trust and substantially funded through the generosity of Sir Robert Ogden and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Katie Endicott, Media Relations
Phone: 01273 560920
Twitter: @IBIGroup

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