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Cancer centre install landscaped mezzanine floor

Posted by Mark
March 13, 2012 in Community

Cancer charity Maggie’s has started work on a new centre in the grounds of Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital, which has been designed with a landscaped roof above the mezzanine floor.

A local newspaper launched an appeal in January 2008 to raise £500,000 towards the clinic, which will cost £3 million in total. Named after Maggie Keswick Jencks, a number of cancer centres have been opened across the country after Ms. Jencks, who died from cancer in 1995, pioneered a new style of supporting cancer patients.

Determined to reject the concept of being a victim, Ms. Jencks believed that a facility encompassing a stress clinic, access to psychologists and a common area for patients to meet others in the same position for mutual support would give patients added strength, as they would feel more involved in their treatment. The first Maggie’s Centre opened in 1996 in Edinburgh.

The new centre, which is expected to open in summer 2013, will serve the North East region and includes many of Maggie’s visions, with advice on relaxation and stress-reducing techniques, nutrition workshops, financial advice and psychotherapy.

The centre has been designed around a partly enclosed landscaped courtyard, with counselling rooms in one wing and a kitchen, lounge and library in the other. Stairs from the central library lead up to the mezzanine floor, which has been designed with a solar panel roof. Both the mezzanine floor level and the outside terrace which leads from it are intended as relaxation areas with lush plants and comfortable all-weather furniture.

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