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The Cove

Macmillan wanted to bring the invaluable services they offer to the people of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly with a new cancer support and information centre.

Located at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, the new building provides a friendly, relaxed, and non-clinical environment with an information area, café, meeting spaces, rooms for support groups, counselling and complementary therapies.

The architecture, interior and landscape design has been inspired by the Cornish coastline, giving the centre a coherent identity. The building is a simple yet elegant structure that evokes vernacular wooden coastal buildings. The coastal theme is continued inside on floor finishes, colours and joinery, suggestive of boatbuilding techniques, and paintings depicting the Cornish coastline. ADP worked closely with consultants Willis Newson to develop the arts strategy that was informed and inspired by consultation with centre staff and patients.

Around the perimeter of the building are four linked ‘outdoor rooms’ that are designed to provide a variety of therapeutic gardens that enhance wellbeing, and provide privacy and refuge. Landscaping also aids wayfinding, linking the centre to the existing hospital, with planting helping to screen the building from the car park and main road.

Species of local and native origin have been used to enhance the bio-diversity of the site, and make patients and visitors to feel more comfortable in their surroundings.

The end result of this close teamwork and careful consultation, is a new support centre that offers visitors a welcoming, supportive and healing environment, where they don’t have to face cancer alone.

 


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DETAILS

CLIENT:

Macmillan Cancer Support

LOCATION:

Truro

STUDIO:

Sherborne

TYPE:

New Build
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STATUS:

Complete

AWARDS:

The Cove Macmillan Cancer Support Centre was 'Highly Commended' at the RICS Awards 2017 and the European Healthcare Design Awards 2017. To see ADP's awards list, please click here.