The Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre in Lanarkshire, Scotland, is one of six UK buildings to be shortlisted for the prize. Proper considerations have been given to acoustics during the design stage to minimise the negative impact of noise on patients.

It was designed by Reiach and Hall Architects to create a sympathetic environment for hospital patients who have received a cancer diagnosis and for the ongoing support of their family and friends.

As with any healthcare environment, it will have been vital to consider all aspects of the build that could affect the users and their well-being. Therefore, a warm, comforting and relaxing space is key.

Alongside aesthetics, there are many invisible elements of a healthcare building that can impact patient recovery and well-being[1]. In fact, poor air quality, with high concentrations of airborne chemicals, has been linked with increased risk of headaches, asthma attacks and allergic reactions by the World Health Organisation.  

Likewise, poor acoustics can be highly distracting for medical staff, disruptive to residents trying to rest, and may also cause discomfort for visitors to the centre. In an environment such as Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre, it is vital to give proper consideration to acoustics during the design stage, especially in areas where patients will be discussing private information.  

Maggies Cancer centre

The £1.8 million centre can be found at the Monklands Hospital in Lanarkshire and, as stated on www.architecture.com, “is a truly memorable addition to a noble tradition of specialist health buildings.”

[1] University of Bristol, Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children http://www.bristol.ac.uk/alspac/

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