Marie Curie Centres

Latter Davies have designed adaptations and upgrading in two Marie Curie Cancer Care centres which provide palliative care; in Woolton near Liverpool and in Penarth near Cardiff.

In the Woolton, Liverpool centre, an additional dining room has been designed as an extension to the centre, which is rigidly planned in two interlinked hexagons. The extension has a strong geometrical form, derived from the angles of the hexagon, but does not slavishly following the form. It is finished in copper cladding with a seemingly random joint pattern to provide contrast and texture. It offers a vibrant, confident addition to an otherwise staid building.

Two projects have been undertaken in Penarth; a first floor extension to accommodate a dedicated overnight suite for family and friends of inpatients; and the refurbishment of a chapel to provide a multi-faith room.

The family suites were designed to blend seamlessly with the existing building. All existing facilities remained operational during the works. Design detailing and contract management took into consideration operational aspects of construction work immediately next to the centre’s main entrance and over the main kitchen and dining room; and the sensitivity of users and visitors to construction activity.