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BDP bags £237m Alder Hey hospital job

[First look] A consortium, featuring BDP, has been selected to redevelop the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool

Plans for the 100-year-old hospital were formally unveiled yesterday when the winning Acorn consortium – principally comprising John Laing, Laing O’Rourke and Interserve – was named preferred bidder.

The new part PFI-funded hospital will be built in Springfield Park next door to the current site.

The existing Alder Hey hospital – which currently treats 275,000 patients a year – will then be demolished and transformed into a replacement green space.

The 60,000m² scheme will feature 270 beds and 16 operating theatres. A 1,200 multi-storey car park is also planned.

Alder Hey chief executive Louise Shepherd said the design was inspired by children: ‘We felt it was really important to design this hospital with the help of our children who have been involved throughout the development phase. They have helped our bidder to get the design right for children and young people.’

BDP lead architect for the project Benedict Zucchi said: ‘Our design concept has not only captured the imagination of children, parents and staff but has also demonstrated itself as a flexible and effective approach, which has evolved through a significant number of user engagement meetings and allowed us to fine-tune the clinical layouts and optimise adjacencies to an unprecedented level.’

The new hospital is planned to open for summer 2015.

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