Dunne is delighted to confirm that they have been awarded the contract as Main Contractor to build the new Maggie’s Centre at Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow which will be built close to the new oncology department, The Beatson, helping to provide nearby support for cancer patients who visit the hospital each year. The centre will cater to a population of about two million people and Glasgow will be the first city to benefit from a second Maggie's Centre.
The network of care centres, which began in Edinburgh in 1996 were launched to provide uplifting and comforting places to care for cancer victims and their families, typically situated close to treatment hospitals and designed by some of the world's leading architects. Pritzker Prize-winning architect Rem Koolhaas of OMA is designing Maggie's Gartnavel.
Works are due to commence on site in June 2010 and include the construction of a new single storey concrete framed building with a concrete roof which has beech timber inserted to the underside. A small basement area with interlinking rectangular rooms arranged to form a central courtyard with each room having a different floor level linked by ramps in the hallways. Full internal fit-out including bespoke fitted furniture such as resin translucent glass cupboards and book shelves, fire places, glass sliding doors, concrete faced doors and timber doors.
Externally the contract involves the redevelopment of landscaping areas including the installation of new trees, footpaths, balconies and gardens with overall completion of the centre and hand over to the client scheduled for May 2011.