We were delighted to sponsor the RIBA North East 2011 Annual Lecture.


Delivered by Ted Cullinan CBE, Chairman and founder of Edward Cullinan Architects to a packed Curtis Auditorium at Newcastle University on the evening of Thursday 15th September. The 2008 RIBA Gold Medallist delivered an inspiring lecture which provided a detailed insight into the process involved in developing designs for the latest Maggie’s North East Centre. The Centre is planned for the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne and fundraising is now close to raising the £3 million required to construct the project which is scheduled for completion in late 2012.

Maggie's is a charitable organisation with a mission to empower people to live with, through and beyond cancer by bringing together professional help, communities of support and building design to create exceptional centres for cancer care. Maggie’s North East will lie within the North of England Cancer Network – covering a population of approximately 2.1million people. The region encompasses an area that runs from the east coast across to Cumbria and down to the River Tees. Maggie’s North East will be located a short walk from the Northern Centre for Cancer Care (NCCC) at Freeman Hospital, where people will receive treatment for their cancer.

Ted Cullinan has said: “Maggie's Centres aim at a wonderful balance of the moral with the aesthetic. We are thrilled to be involved.”

Our Specification Manager, Robert Golden commented: ‘’In an era of sovereign debt, fiscal restraint and quantitative easing, it is refreshing to witness one of our most eminent architects clearly demonstrate the benefits of good design which will not cost the earth. We were delighted to support the RIBA North East and the Young Practitioners Forum in the delivery of this most inspiring lecture’’.

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