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Before he died in 2007, the legendary Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa sketched out a swirling, ‘dragon-tailed’ cancer care centre in Swansea. Now the UK’s 13th Maggie’s Centre has been completed in titanium-studded concrete by Garbers James
When writer and garden designer Maggie Keswick Jencks was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993, together with her husband, the architectural writer Charles Jencks, she set about her creating a charity project to provide cancer sufferers with expert support within a more sympathetic built environment.
The Maggie’s Centre certainly provided a stern test of the capabilities of precast concrete supplier Thorp Precast. The job involved creating 56 precast panels, and although many of these were similar, very few were identical.
Cladding specialist lacked staff qualified to check materials but got discount worth £41,000 on combustible insulation panels, probe hears
Barts Health NHS Trust one of six to receive £2.7bn of government funding
Cladding firm’s hired hand believed lack of key safety component in architect’s drawings reflected ‘different route to compliance’
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