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Expedition are working with Maggie’s and Studio Daniel Libeskind to develop a new cancer support centre in the grounds of the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, London.

The scheme provides an architecturally outstanding addition to a forgotten corner of the hospital car park, and seeks to provide a calm and supportive environment to those affected by cancer.

The building form is highly bespoke, with a curved external form, signature external timber ‘fins’ and a rooftop garden to provide an oasis from the hospital environment. Expedition have been developing the structural proposals including a raking steel internal frame and the highly integrated façade steelwork. The building mixes a bold architectural form with a domestic character, with simple strategies for energy and embodied carbon, seeking to minimise the building’s impact whilst maintaining a low-tech and user friendly environment. A key structural challenge is to enable the complex form to be constructed in a way that minimises disruption and construction waste in the working hospital environment.

The scheme has received planning permission – read more in this Architects’ Journal article

Fiona Wyatt
Hazel Needham
James Parker
Luis Rocha
Ronan Hunt
Seán Walsh

Client: Maggie’s

Architect: Studio Daniel Libeskind

Status: Detailed design


Architectural renders courtesy of Studio Daniel Libeskind

Maggie’s Centre for Royal Free Hospital