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Past patient one of 19 apprentices building the new Alder Hey in the Park

View of the new Alder Hey building site, where a large number of workers are from the local areaThe story below featured in today’s Liverpool Daily Post and Echo…

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.”

Your comments

  • I like the look of it now it is so good to see the builders doing a very good job on the new Alder Hey they all should proud of there work that they are doing on it so fare now I cant want to start in the new Alder Hey lots of love from Milly Gill xxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • I cant want for the open day of the new Alder Hey in the park all my friends in work cant want for it to in the hospital

  • my grandson Ricky-Lee is being cared for in Alder Hey. He is 9 weeks old and hasn’t been home yet but hopefully soon. I travel from Wigan every day to visit him on public transport and each day when I see the cranes I know I am near Alder Hey. When I cuddle him on K2 ward, I always tell him stories about how much work the construction builders are doing, usually telling him how many more windows I can see every day. He listens to every word and is doing so very well. Thank you all 🙂 x

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