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Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Cancer Centre

The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Cancer Centre is an Outpatient Oncology Centre designed around a clearly-defined patient journey. The IBI design team worked closely with groups of patients and staff, focused on making the Centre a profoundly special place that the local community can cherish.

Macmillan Cancer Support/Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust
Harrogate, UK
Excellent BREEAM
1,266 m2 Size
2013 Completion

In designing the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Cancer Centre, IBI adopted an holistic approach through which the building’s interiors, landscaping and art are integrated to create a tranquil and reassuring environment. The IBI team engaged with a lead artist, ensuring that every step of the patient journey is enhanced through a design that expresses Macmillan’s passion, values and commitment to providing the highest quality patient experience.

The facility embodies a non-institutional character, maximising opportunities for views of both external landscape and private courtyards. The main waiting area overlooks one of the internal courtyards, where moving images of a gardener and a hedgehog are displayed on to rendered external walls in order to distract and cheer waiting patients and those accompanying them.

The project provides clinical spaces which are flexible, including a large treatment area which can be sub-divided to cater for the differing needs of patients. The manipulation of space, volume and natural light, selection of materials and integration of art, ensure that the physical and emotional needs of patients are met, and appropriate privacy and confidentiality maintained while assisting delivery of the highest standard of care. The facility has been designed to be flexible enough to cope with significant change as the service evolves over time.

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Best Internal Environment


Patient Experience Class,
By Building Better Healthcare Awards

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Bronze Green Apple Award


Built Environment,
By Green Apple Awards

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Best Public Service Building


By LABC North & East Yorkshire Building Excellence Awards

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John Knape

Frameworks Director
Rochdale, UK

Rochdale, UK

John Knape is a qualified Architect with over 30 years of post-qualification experience and has been especially committed to the design of healthcare facilities and building types which fulfil social needs. His experience covers work in both the public and private sectors and he can draw upon a thorough knowledge of relevant design standards including Department of Health Building Notes and Technical Memoranda. John has experience of a wide range of procurement methods including traditional and two-stage tendering, design & build, partnering, management contracting and PFI and in his role as the practice’s Frameworks Director, has been instrumental in leading successful bid processes to secure IBI’s position as Primary Supply Chain Members on all three UK national healthcare Frameworks.

John has recently led teams on a number of projects in both the acute and primary care sectors, including the award winning development at Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool. John is keen to pioneer innovative design solutions such as the “Barn Theatre” concept, but places great emphasis on excellent relationships with client and contractor as the key to a successful project.