Alder Hey Children's Hospital

BDP, Liverpool, 2015

 

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One of the largest children's hospitals in Europe, built in a park

‘If we’ve seen it before, it’s not for us,’ was the challenge set by the Alder Hey Trust’s design vision, which emphasised innovation, child-centred identity and clinical best practice.

The functional brief stipulated 270 bedrooms across six wards and a large critical care unit with 48 beds, together with 16 theatres and significant areas for imaging, A&E and outpatients.

The project also caters for facilities management flows through the provision of automated guided vehicles, dedicated basement links and vertical cores.

A 1,200-space multi-storey car park was also specified, which has been incorporated centrally within the plan without allowing its massing to dominate the hospital’s external appearance.

The Trust’s brief, which described its vision for the creation of a ‘Children’s Healthpark’, was ambitious and aspirational. It stipulated broad concepts such as ‘greenery’, ‘views’, ‘therapeutic’ and ‘innovative’, while at the same time recognising that the building needed to be fundamentally clinically functional.

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  • Begun: Mar 2013
  • Completed: Oct 2015
  • Floor area: 60,000m2
  • Sector: Healthcare
  • Total cost: £167M
  • Procurement: PFI design and build
  • CO2 Emissions: 116.9 kg/m2/year
  • Address: Eaton Rd, Liverpool, L12 2AP, United Kingdom

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