We’re groundbreaking! Work begins on a new Alder Hey
A special event took place at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital on Tuesday 26 March to mark a momentous day in its history, as building began on the new ‘Alder Hey in the Park’.
Work began to clear the site back in February 2013 and following financial close last week, the green light has now been given to start construction.
Chair of Alder Hey Sir David Henshaw said: “Today will be remembered as a hugely significant day in Alder Hey’s history. It is an incredible moment for everyone who has been involved in ensuring that after 100 years, Alder Hey has a long and exciting future ahead. Our iconic new building will be a fantastic facility for our patients, families and staff while providing us with the perfect platform for carrying out our work as one of the leading children’s hospitals in the world.”
There was also an extra special role for Emily Roberts, aged 10 who had the responsibility of being the first to ‘break ground’ on the site. Children and young people have played a key part throughout this project; 900 children gave their feedback on the new hospital in a consultation and the inspiration for the new building first came from a drawing by a former patient. A Children and Young People’s Design Group have also provided ongoing guidance and feedback to the architects throughout the process.
After the first spade broke ground, Beth and Emily started a clock inside the current hospital, counting down to the completion of Alder Hey in the Park in 2015.
Beth said: “I’m delighted to have been asked to come along and join the celebrations as building starts on the new hospital! This is such an exciting time for Alder Hey and as a Patron I am looking forward to working with the charity to help support the delivery of the vision for the new hospital!”
Built by the Acorn consortium (comprising John Laing, Laing O’Rourke and Interserve) the new Alder Hey is set to stand next door to the current site in Springfield Park. The new hospital, which has been designed with children and young people, will have 270 beds, including 48 critical care beds for patients in ICU, HDU and Burns. The majority of children and their families will have their own room with en-suite facilities and each ward will have its own kitchen providing freshly cooked food to order.
The unique design will also ensure that almost all bedrooms have park views and patients will have easy access to play areas on and outside their ward. There will also be 16 operating theatres, four for day-case surgery and 12 inpatient theatres. The new development will also include a multi-storey car park with 1200 spaces. The official opening of the new hospital is planned for Autumn 2015.
The new hospital will sit in the heart of Springfield Park, creating views of green space or parkland from every patient’s window. Once the new hospital is built, the old one will be demolished and the site landscaped and developed to create a new park.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “This is a hugely exciting day for Liverpool . We have long looked forward to the development of this world class, 21st century hospital, and it’s fantastic that we can all now see the plans becoming a reality.
“The new Alder Hey will place our city at the forefront of the treatment of young people, providing the very best care for children and their families, within a beautiful green setting. I’m now looking forward to work progressing quickly, so this wonderful hospital can begin a new chapter in its history.”
Louise Shepherd, Chief Executive of Alder Hey said: “The ambitious vision for a new Alder Hey began over a decade ago. Today marks a massive achievement that is testimony to the hard work, perseverance and dedication of many people involved during that time. On behalf of everyone at Alder Hey, I would like to thank all those who have helped make this day possible. We can now all look forward to an exciting future!”