Exclusive Preview Of New World Class Research Facility
Liverpool research partners were given a first look inside a new research facility at Alder Hey, as the city takes a step closer towards its ambition to be recognised as a world leader in paediatric research.
Sir David Henshaw (Chair of Alder Hey) was joined by Janet Beer (Vice Chancellor of the University of Liverpool) and Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson on an exclusive tour of the new facility, which is being built alongside Alder Hey’s new hospital and is set to be completed later this year.
The new facility will allow University of Liverpool researchers to develop safer, better medicines for children to use in the NHS and throughout the world. It will also help give children in the North West greater access to emerging life-saving technologies and provide world-class facilities to continue to attract outstanding researchers to Liverpool.
Sir David Henshaw said: “This is a world class facility that will position Alder Hey and Liverpool as a national and international leader in the development of safer and more effective medicines for children and young people. The centre will provide outstanding accommodation for around 100 education, research and clinical staff, enabling them to share knowledge and expertise, creating the perfect place for delivering ground-breaking paediatric research.
“Alder Hey has a long history in delivering high quality children’s health research and already leads the field in drug safety. Over 2,600 children participated in research studies and clinical trials at Alder Hey last year and we continue to be the largest recruiting specialist children’s NHS Trust. Ensuring we are able to continue delivering such high-quality research in the future is vital to our long term strategy and to us achieving our vision as a world leader in children’s healthcare.”
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “It was great to see how such an impressive research facility is taking shape, along with the new Alder Hey hospital which will be opening later this year. This new facility will bring together the leading-edge expertise and skills that this city has to offer to transform the lives of children and young people across the world. Liverpool is already able to boast a number of medical firsts, including penicillin being used at Alder Hey to cure a child for the very first time and this new centre will help ensure Liverpool remains at the forefront of paediatric research.”
Funding for the new facility has been generously provided by Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, University of Liverpool, Liverpool City Council, the Wolfson Foundation, the European Regional Development Fund, Matalan and Alder Hey Children’s Charity. Alder Hey and the University of Liverpool are also aiming to establish a Biomedical Research Unit within the facility, with potential to leverage up to £35m in research funding.
The new Research and Education Centre is being built by leading construction and infrastructure company Morgan Sindall plc.
Barry Roberts, Morgan Sindall area director, said: “Alder Hey Children’s Hospital has touched the lives of many people throughout the years and Morgan Sindall is proud to be working on the new Research and Education facility.
“Healthcare buildings are always special to us because of the positive impact they aim to have resulting in life-changing discoveries.
The team is very much looking forward to unveiling the finished facility to the hospital this year.”