Past patient one of 19 apprentices building the new Alder Hey in the Park
The construction of the new £237m Alder Hey Children’s Hospital is bringing health and wealth benefits to the city.
Construction company Laing O’Rourke (LOR) has made a commitment to employing locally during the work.
Building on the West Derby site started in January and already there are 170 people working at the new Alder Hey in the Park.
In an exclusive look around the construction site, Ian Mills, project director for LOR, said: “Currently, there are 170 people working on the site, obviously, it fluctuates day-to-day, but approximately 42% are from the Liverpool area and another 25% from the north west so there’s a significant number of local employment for people.
“We anticipate the workforce peaking to approximately 600 people.
“Also during the course of the project, we have committed to employing a number of apprentices. We currently have 19 apprentices working on the project doing general building trades and work, which is obviously giving them skills to gain further employment.”
LOR is an international company that has delivered on several projects, including the city’s Liverpool One. Mr Mills added: “We are a bit of a rarity in the construction world in that we employ a lot of people directly.
“Over 60% of the value of the work has been self delivered by LOR, so that gives us an opportunity to employ people ourselves and then look after them and train them and give them a long term career.”
Running parallel to the build, 20 work experience places will be offered to schools, 10 science ambassadors will be appointed to teach pupils lessons in construction and engineering and LOR will also work with the new University Technical College (UTC) in the city to ensure its curriculum matches the skills the construction industry requires.
The design for the 270-bedded Alder Hey in the Park, which sees the hospital re-built on the same site but using some of neighbouring Springfield Park – which will be re-developed for the community – is unique and will see patients cared for in more modern surroundings rather than Victorian ‘Nightingale’ wards.
Hospital facilities manager Graeme Dixon added: “Right from the beginning our aim has been to ensure that the new Alder Hey will bring benefits for our patients, families and the local community.
“Along with improved quality green space and parkland for residents, the new hospital is providing fantastic employment opportunities for local people during construction and also after completion.”