Topping Out A New Alder Hey – All The Pics From The Day
Alder Hey and construction and engineering firm Laing O’Rourke will hold a special celebration today to mark the official ‘Topping Out’ of the new Alder Hey in the Park.
The event will take place on the roof of the new hospital and will be attended by some of the many people behind the project, including representatives from Laing O’Rourke, the hospital, Alder Hey Children’s Charity and members of the local community. Lord Mayor Erica Kemp will also be in attendance on what will be a memorable day for all those involved.
Guests will be welcomed onto the roof of the new hospital with a performance from the Alder Hey centenary choir, before enjoying refreshments provided by Liverpool Community College. Sir David Henshaw (Chair of Alder Hey) and Anna Stewart (CEO of Laing O’Rourke) will be amongst those speaking on the day before introducing five very special VIP guests.
Young charity ambassadors for Alder Hey Children’s Charity; Freddy Barker, Luke Chapman, Ted McCaffery, Amy-Jo and Sam Penkethman Owens will together officially mark the celebration by using their handprints to create a permanent commemorative concrete plaque on the hospital roof. The young charity ambassadors are all Alder Hey patients and are leading a major campaign to raise awareness of a £30m appeal by Alder Hey Children’s Charity. The Charity is aiming to raise funds for life saving equipment, arts and play activities and vital research in the new hospital.
The young charity ambassadors will also be joined by Jack Hutton who will be representing Alder Hey’s Children’s and Young People’s Design Group. Jack is Chair of the group which consists of 16 patients who have all been directly involved in the plans for the new hospital.
Anna Stewart, Laing O’Rourke’s CEO said: “Today we reach the half-way point of this impressive building. We’ve been onsite for a year and have one year still to go which will make it the fastest hospital we’ve ever delivered.
Such progress can only be achieved when a dedicated and talented team of people come together and I am hugely proud to be working with Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, the Trust project team, our partners in the Acorn consortium, the Young People’s Design Group and the many people throughout the community who have cared enough about this hospital to share their thoughts. Thank you for placing your trust in us and I hope that in a year’s time we deliver a hospital to you that you’ll be immensely proud of and one that will provide the healthcare needs of the children it is here to serve.”
Chair of Alder Hey Sir David Henshaw said: “This is a momentous milestone on our incredible journey into our new hospital in the park. Today’s event marks the official ‘topping out’ of the new hospital but it is also the beginning of a twelve month countdown before we move into our new home.
“The new building is as impressive as we had hoped for and is testament to the hard work of all those involved. We have a lot of hard work to do as we prepare to move and use the opportunity the new building will give us to look after children and young people in the future. The excitement can now start to build as we prepare to open our doors to our new hospital next year.”
David Powell, Project Director of Alder Hey in the Park said: “Today is a great moment for staff at Alder Hey, Acorn and Laing O’Rourke but particularly all those who have been closely involved in the project. I would like to thank everyone who has helped us get here today, including the staff at Alder Hey who have been involved in many design sessions and our Children’s and Young People’s Design Group who have been guiding us throughout the process. Our brief to the team at Acorn was unique and extremely challenging and today we can see how they have managed to turn our dream into a reality.”