Steven Gerrard Foundation Garden

Howard Miller Design, Liverpool, 2015

 

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Interactive garden for children occupying a courtyard/green roof within the new Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool

Part of a wider concept to build a ‘Hospital in the park’, with access to fresh air and greenery; the garden brings nature into the hospital.

The design acts to distract children from their current situations by providing a rich environment for exploration, discovery, interaction and sociability. At low level, a series of nest-like planting beds made of green oak provide the perfect habitat for little ones to hide and seek.

Planting is brought up to child eye level. Above this woven landscape rise three steel domes containing stretched membranes resembling chrysalis. These shelters provide quiet, reflective areas for story telling and integrate coloured lighting and interactive digital animations to provide stimulation at night and bad weather.

The project hides many constraints including weight constraints (it is a green roof above a hydrotherapy pool), parking space for a giant cherry picker, various inconveniently placed light wells and a tight design/build period of four months from appointment to hand over.

Data

  • Begun: Aug 2015
  • Completed: Oct 2015
  • Floor area: 354m2
  • Sectors: Healthcare, Landscape design
  • Total cost: £154,705
  • Funding: charitable donation
  • Tender date: May 2015
  • Procurement: design and build
  • CO2 Emissions: 5.9kg/m2/year
  • Address: Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust, East Prescot Rd, Liverpool, L14 5AB, United Kingdom

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