Purpose anddesign approach
The project team at Alder Hey Children’s
NHS Foundation Trust wanted to create a
new paediatric medical facility to provide
top-quality healthcare in an environment
designed to enhance the recovery of patients.
Patients and their families were consulted
on the design and almost 1000 children
contributed to the process, drawing pictures
and sharing visions of what the hospital
should look like. The Trust recognised the
benefits of outdoor space to patient recovery
and the children’s suggestions of better access
to fresh air and nature were incorporated into
the final design.
To create a structure that followed the
contours of the existing landscape, a ‘hospital
under a hill’concept was born, with the grass
of the park continuing up over the curved
roofs of the building.Designed around
the themes of colour and transparency to
bring a light and uplifting feel to the space,
the building forms an inviting, warm and
educational home from home for children: a
hospital that doesn’t look like a hospital.
Clinicians were able to visualise how
different areas would function through the use
of BIMLevel 2, 3D design. Based on their
input, the building was designed to optimise
the relationship between rooms,minimising
staff travel distances and patient movement,
and maximising patient observation.
Methods of construction
Bespoke, flexible designs were used to create
sustainable, energy-efficient solutions.
Low environmental impact construction
methods reduced waste to landfill. The use
of high-quality, durable products lowered
maintenance requirements and increased fire
resistance. A 1200-space multi-storey car
park provides 200 spaces for visitors extra.
In addition, environmental conditions, such
as acoustic separation, natural light and
ventilation, have been maximised.
To reduce on-site labour and improve
health and safety, over 15,000 components
for this six-storey building were designed
to be manufactured efficiently off-site.
These precast elements also reduced waste,
congestion and dust, as well as the need for