A Ted Cullinan-designed Maggie’s cancer-support centre has been officially opened at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital

It is the 16th centre built by the charity Maggie’s to offer emotional, practical, and social support to people with cancer.

Cullinan said the centre, which boasts a roof that is part-planted and part covered with photovoltaic cells, was a seasonally-responsive structure.

“With courtyard doors thrown open in summer or chairs clustered around a central fireplace in winter, the centre offers spaces of repose and retreat, prospect and refuge,” he said.

The main contractor on the project was Mansell; the project manager was Schofield Lothian and the QS was Turner & Townsend.