Private Project

Revisiting Maggie's Manchester

Located alongside NHS hospitals across the UK, Maggie’s provides a ‘home away from home’ – a place of refuge where people dealing with cancer can find emotional and practical support. Inspired by the blueprint for a new type of care set out by the writer, artist, and garden designer Maggie Keswick Jencks, they place great value upon the power of architecture to lift the spirits and help the process of therapy.

In 2016, Foster + Partners - a global studio for architecture, urbanism, and design - completed a new Maggie’s centre in Manchester. Located just a short walk from The Christie Hospital and its leading oncology unit, the centre complements the existing cancer treatment facilities at the hospital by offering a place where centre visitors and their families can be supported and informed throughout their treatment – from diagnosis to recovery.

Over the past seven years, Maggie’s Manchester has provided people living with cancer from the local community with information and advice on a wide range of issues including financial challenges, the side effects of treatment and returning to work, helping visitors take back control of their lives. A therapeutic space for healing, it provides free access to the kind of practical, emotional, and social support that might not otherwise be available.

The film shows Foster + Partners revisiting the centre in 2022, to speak to some of the staff and visitors who use the space and understand the role it has come to play in their lives. Hearing the stories of the people who are so intimately familiar with the building – some of whom even see it as a second home – reinforces a belief in the power of design and its ability to make a positive contribution to everyday lives.

  • Gamma Basra
  • Charles Willcocks
  • Alexa Kelly
  • Darron Haylock
    Executive Producer
  • Spencer de Grey
    Executive Producer
  • David Nelson
    Executive Producer
  • Steve Teare
    Director of Photography
  • Alex Polakowski
  • Katie Clarkson
    Assistant Editor
  • George Bustin
    Maggie's Consultant
  • Robin Muir
    Key Cast
    "Centre Head"
  • Chloe Beard
    Key Cast
    "Enhanced Recovery Nurse"
  • Ged Owens
    Key Cast
    "Centre Visitor"
  • Tayo Adebowale
    Key Cast
  • Kathryn Pitts
    Key Cast
  • Jeremy Oates
    Key Cast
    "Urology Surgeon"
  • Ellie Thomas
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Informational
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 10, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • Foster + Partners’ Film Festival 2023
    United Kingdom
    April 25, 2023
Director Biography - Gamma Basra, Charles Willcocks

Gamma joined the architecture firm, Foster + Partners in 1992 as CAD and 3D visualiser. In 1997, established a dedicated visualisation team with a view to position the practice at the forefront of new emerging technologies. Today, the team’s work embraces creating photo-realistic images, animation, and experience-driven films that give an accurate impression of materials, textures, light and space.

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Director Statement

Architecture is about connecting with people. In Revisiting Maggie’s Manchester, our in-house film team at Foster + Partners captures some of these crucial moments and shares them with the viewer in a moving and inspirational way. It's a testament to the power of thoughtful design and the importance of creating spaces that prioritize the comfort and care of centre visitors. This film aims to show how architecture can promote healing and highlight the incredible work that Maggie's does to support people affected by cancer.