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Competition: Alder Hey bereavement centre, Liverpool

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Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool is holding a contest for a new bereavement counselling centre

The RIBA-organised competition, for Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, will select an architect-led design team to deliver the new 310m2 facility, which will provide bereavement counselling for families who have lost a child, as well as a national telephone helpline and general counselling for hospital staff.

The building, says the contest announcement, will ‘provide a dedicated facility to meet the needs of this highly specialised and sensitive service, in which purpose-designed external space will be as equally an important feature of the successful design.

‘The new Alder Centre will be a key addition to the Health Park Campus, whose design will need to reflect the quality of other recent developments on the site and the “Hospital in a Park” landscape setting.’

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital specialises in treating oncology and muscular dystrophy as well as spinal, heart and brain conditions, and is one of the largest of its kind in the UK and in Europe.

The hospital celebrated its centenary in 2014 with the completion of BDP’s  £167 million Health Park Campus, which won won the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award last October.

Eric Parry Architects, BDP and Heatherwick Studio with HOK are shortlisted in a separate contest for the next phase in the redevelopment of Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in London. A winner is expected to be announced in May.

Commenting on the latest contest launch, development team project manager David Houghton said: ‘This is a unique and exciting opportunity to create a bespoke building of small scale but huge vision, which demands a sensitive response to its function and setting.

‘The challenge is to meet the building users’ aspiration that the new Alder Centre will be “A place like no other”.’

Up to five shortlisted teams will each receive £4,000 (+VAT) to participate in the design phase of the competition following an initial expressions of interest round.

The deadline for applications is 2pm, 13 March.

How to apply

Visit the competition website for more information

Interested parties must obtain a unique registration number online before applying


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