Early in the year, as part of the Landscape Design for Health and Wellbeing course, students from the Landscape and Wellbeing - MSc programme were given the opportunity to visit the Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre at Monklands General Hospital in Lanarkshire. The centre, which opened in 2014, is one of 20 in the UK and abroad that offers free practical, emotional and social assistance to people with cancer and their support network.

Designed by the landscape architecture practice rankinfraser, the gardens around the Maggie’s Centre in Lanarkshire are an excellent example of salutogenic design. Weaving in and out of the building and introducing pockets of light, they create an uplifting and calming place where people can meet and join activities or simply sit quietly. Kenny Fraser one of the landscape architects who led the project (and Programme Director of the MLA Landscape Architecture at ECA) followed the visit with a presentation on the site’s design, allowing the students to fully understand the rationale of the project and gain perspective over their own experience of the space.

Maggie's Cancer Care Centre
rankinfraser Landscape Architecture
Maggie's Cancer Care Centre
Maggie's Cancer Care Centre
rankinfraser Landscape Architecture
Maggie's Cancer Care Centre

Landscape and Wellbeing student, Ali Jones commented, "Being able to visit the Maggie's centre in Lancashire was one of the highlights of the design module for me. It was a really positive learning experience to be able to see where our theory could be applied within a public health context."

The Landscape Design for Health and Wellbeing course focuses on contemporary planning, design and management projects that are relevant to understanding how landscape design can enhance health and wellbeing.


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