his sustainable, world-class hospital
for children and young people
treats 275,000 patients every year
and features 16 digitally enhanced
operating theatres and 270 beds. The new
building replaces the Victorian
facility next door, which will now be
demolished, recycled and transformed back
The optimum construction technique
for the structural frame was based on cost,
efficiency and influencing factors such as
sustainability and design adaptability.
Precast composite flat slabs supported
by precast columns on a typical 8.1 × 8.1m
grid proved the solution. The façade was
integrated with precast concrete load-bearing
The curvy green design – inspired by
children’s visions for the hospital – creates
an environment that enhances well-being,
aids the recovery of patients and improves
the experience of staff and families. Set out
in a three-fingered formation, the design
seamlessly integrates the structure of the
hospital with the surrounding landscape,
equipping all rooms with natural views
and easy access to the park. Some 75% of
children now have their own private room
with en-suite facilities and pull-out beds
for parents, improving patient and family
privacy and dignity. All patients have easy
access to natural light and relaxation areas
including a giant indoor treehouse, play
decks and fish tanks.
This innovative, ground-breaking project
involved the true integration of engineering
and architecture, and a huge amount of
collaboration between the partners involved.
The majority of the workforce was local to
the area, which added to the tremendous
sense of motivation and pride felt by the team
who understood exactly how the hospital
would benefit young lives.
Alongside the new hospital sits a
Research & Education Centre, placing
Alder Hey and Liverpool as a national and
international leader in the development
of safer and more effective medicines for
children and young people.
Using newly designed concrete columns,
precast composite floor slabs and special
reinforced concrete shear walls meant
improvements in thermal mass, energy
efficiency and maintenance requirements.
Aerial view of the completed new
Alder Hey buildings.