Penarth architects lend their support to Ty Pili Pala cancer centre

PLANS: Penarth architect Adrian Gracia (left) will design the Ty Pili Pala cancer centre. Fellow architect and three-time Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal winner Barry Mayled (right) will design the rooftop garden.

PLANS: Penarth architect Adrian Gracia (left) will design the Ty Pili Pala cancer centre. Fellow architect and three-time Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal winner Barry Mayled (right) will design the rooftop garden.

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A PENARTH-born businesswoman who is campaigning to raise one million and one pounds for women in Wales with cancer has enlisted the help of two fellow Penarthians – to help make her dream for a ‘unique survivor centre’ a reality.

Nicki Page wants to build Ty Pili Pala – Welsh for Butterfly House – to offer support for women who have been diagnosed with or treated for the four main types of gynaecological cancer.

And she has enlisted the help of award-winning architect Adrian Gracia and Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal winner, architect and garden designer Barry Mayled.

Modelled on similar centres in Australia and Canada, Nicki says the butterfly-shaped specialist centre, featuring a roof top garden, would provide a ‘natural holistic environment’ for women on their journey back to health.

Nicki, who owns marketing company Page 1 World, said: "This is the conceptual design. We are all very excited - this is the vision and we're now working hard to make it happen."

Chartered architect Adrian, who recently won a top award for the re-design of his own Plymouth Road home, and Chelsea Flower Show winner Barry are both working on the scheme voluntarily.

Adrian said the one-tier centre had been purposely designed with a feminine aesthetic in mind.

"I wanted it to be curvaceous and beautiful," he said.

"Ty Pili Pala is Butterfly House, so it makes sense for it to be shaped like a butterfly."

Barry, who will design the roof-top garden off the back of his extraordinary triple success at Chelsea in 2003, 2006 and 2008, plans to create an environment conducive to attracting butterflies.

"I want plants and flowers which will draw them to the garden," he said.

"The way Adrian has designed the building is very clever and the shape gives us scope to have areas which can also be sheltered. It could be a very special facility."

Former Stanwell pupil Nicki launched the Miss Moola La campaign last year, to raise one million and one pounds to build and run Ty Pili Pala.

"Our mission is to achieve a target of £1,000,001 and to get this matched by corporate organisations operating in Wales and by the Government, giving us £3 million to build the first house and have funds to operate it," she said.

"The services will complement the tremendous work of those in the NHS, and we will also aim to work with other charitable organisations that need our input.

"We are delighted to have Adrian and Barry on board."

A gala evening will be held at the St David’s Hotel and Spa on May 19 to raise money for the project.

For information or to get involved, log on to www.page1world.co.uk or e-mail nicki@page1world.co.uk

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