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Maggie’s Centre wins Stirling Prize 2009

October 19 2009 — by Jesse Lilley
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For the fifth time in nine years Speirs + Major has been involved in a project winning the RIBA Stirling Prize. This year the award was won by the Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre at London’s Charing Cross Hospital by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.
Speirs + Major / James Newton
Speirs + Major / James Newton
Speirs + Major / James Newton
Speirs + Major / James Newton
Speirs + Major / James Newton
Speirs + Major / James Newton
Speirs + Major / James Newton
Speirs + Major / James Newton
Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres, run on a charitable basis, offer information, counselling and support for cancer sufferers and their families. Our brief was to support the architects in creating a home-like sanctuary for people learning to live with cancer.

‘Maggie’s is particularly special to us given the role of the charity and the support they provide. It is an exquisite building and we are proud to have worked on it,’ said Mark Major. ‘We hope that, through creating the right atmosphere and image after dark, the lighting has made some contribution to the overall success of the project and to the enjoyment of those who use the building.’

The aim of the low budget lighting scheme was simplicity – a lot of the work is carried out by volunteers so complicated controls were avoided – and to create a comfortable, domestic-style ambience. High-quality Louis Poulsen fittings were used throughout, with additional linear up/downlighting in the first-floor administration areas providing both task lighting and a glow to the elegant floating roof. The building is very sustainable with extensive use of natural daylight and low energy sources.

Speirs and Major Associates was also responsible for lighting a second Stirling Prize shortlisted project this year, London office building Aldermanbury Square by Eric Parry Architects.