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The Design Council has launched a new design series ‘Better Places: Places That Make Life Better by Design‘. Better buildings and places take the health and wellbeing of people into consideration, can bring the community together, facilitate long term behavioural change and transform lifestyles for the better. The series explores those places and buildings where design has contributed in improving people’s overall wellbeing.
We are delighted the Design Council has chosen Maggie’s Oldham to be the first building in the series. The case study talks about Maggie Keswick Jencks, the founder and inspiration for the Maggie’s Centres; how we approached the design with five key factors always in mind –
human connection, pleasure, overcoming fear, comfort and access to information; and interviews with the people who use the centre discussing the hope and support it brings.
Steve, who began using the centre in early 2018, said “I walked through the door and it was almost like an epiphany. I just thought what a beautiful place. I needed to be here. You’ve gotta get that fear out in some way. Maggie’s became an antidote for me when I desperately needed it.
I genuinely feel that if I hadn’t have found this place I’m certain my recovery would have been different. This place will always mean something to me for the rest of my life. It’s magical really. It’s hard to put into words but there’s a chemistry about this place and it just worked for me. And I know I’m not the only one that feels this way.”
To read the case study visit the Design Council Better Places series here.