Delivered 20% faster than any previous comparable project, Alder Hey in the Park offers families of seriously ill children comfort, security and certainty in a world-class medical environment.Alder Hey Children's Hospital
- Sector Healthcare
- Value £237m
- Duration 2013-2015
- Project Partners John Laing Social Infrastructure and Interserve Facilities Management
One of Europe’s biggest and busiest children’s hospitals, Liverpool’s Alder Hey in the Park provides care for more than 270,000 children every year. Among the most sustainable hospitals ever built, 60% of its energy is generated on site.
It provides world-class medical services in a comforting, inviting environment to help children recover. Most importantly, it doesn’t look or feel like a hospital.
Digital engineering was used extensively in design and construction to allow clinicians to see how the building would look and function, and to enable project efficiencies.
The use of Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) was crucial to speedy delivery, with over 15,000 components built off site, ranging from lattice floor, twinwall and pre-glazed external panels, to MEP modules and bathroom ‘pods’.
The unique facade demanded a complex manufacturing and delivery process, with panels designed to resemble the red sandstone rock strata prevalent in Liverpool. A challenging construction phase was the high-level open space of the atrium, formed during winter.
The 270-bed hospital features open spaces in wards, en suite rooms with views of landscaped areas, a giant indoor treehouse, outdoor play decks with hydroponic fish tanks, a relaxation garden, interactive screens in patient waiting areas, and more.
Our new Alder Hey in the Park has been designed to meet the expectations of patients who wanted to be looked after in a state-of-the-art facility that was fun, helped them recover quickly and most importantly didn’t look like a hospital.
The lessons learnt on this project were used and further refined in our other healthcare builds, such as Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary and The Grange University Hospital in Wales.
Components were built offsite
Value of the new children's hospital
Weeks for project completion
Of energy is generated on site
Beds provided in the new hospital
The size of floor we developed on