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Hard Landscaping

Soft Landscaping

Maggie’s at The Christie

Maggie’s at The Christie

Maggie’s Centres provide emotional and social support to those fighting cancer, and their families. The centre at the Christie NHS Foundation Trust is a unique building and space set within a tranquil garden engaging the outdoors and nature. The Centre was designed by Norman Foster; award-winning Architect famous for the Gherkin Building in London. The landscape was designed by Dan Pearson, and delivered by Ground Control. The landscaping of the Centre was highly important to integrate the standalone buildings into the larger hospital site, yet provide a therapeutic environment in order to reinforce healing potential. Dan Pearson’s design aimed to start the process of decompression and restoration the centre offers to users.

Overview of Services

The Centre was to be built upon an existing car park area within the hospital premises. Our teams were appointed to clear the site prior to construction to achieve a reduced level for topsoiling. Removal of tarmac surface to existing footpaths was also required. Our team managed the removal of approximately 35 m3 of contaminated waste from the site and transport to a specialist tip.

Soft landscaping included:

  • The import and spread of 400m3 topsoil to BS3882
  • Planting of a Pelargonium collection
  • Boundary hedging
  • Bulb planting (to take place in Autumn 2016)
  • Mulching with composted bark; this was supplied in bags due to lack of space on site to tip
  • Glasshouse planting
  • Wildflower seeding and planting of a productive garden
  • Perennial planting
  • Tree planting – semi-mature and mature
  • Tree pit construction
  • Reinstatement around paths
  • 12 months aftercare

Hard landscaping included:

  • Construction of paths and ramps around the centre and throughout the open space surrounding the building. Paths were surfaced with Norwegian Pearl, resin bound and self-binding materials.
  • Natural stepping stone installation and paving
  • Installation of boulders to ornamental gardens
  • Installation of benches and street furniture
  • Construction of a compost bay, waste and gas house
  • Creation of raised timber planters
  • Installation of front gate to the premises

Challenges Overcome

Construction challenges mainly revolved around the site being compact in size and shrinking as our work, and that of other contractors, progressed. To counter this, deliveries were carefully scheduled and very little stock held on site at any time. Lorries bringing topsoil into site were also used to remove excavated material.

A crane was required to lower boulders into ornamental garden and seating areas. Elements of the garden are situated under a timber canopy roof which had skylights and holes in the structure to let rain water into the garden. The boulders were lowered through these into place.

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