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Exclusive: Shortlist for Alder Hey bereavement counselling centre revealed

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The AJ can reveal the five practices in the running to design a new bereavement counselling centre at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool

It is understood BDP, which completed the award-winning £167 million Health Park Campus for the hospital in 2015 (pictured), is shortlisted against Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Feilden Clegg Bradey Studios, Hayhurst and Co and Newcastle-based JDDK in the RIBA-organised competition.

The proposed 310m2 facility will provide counselling for bereaved families, as well as a national telephone helpline service and general counselling for hospital staff.

The building aims to ‘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’.

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 Europe.

Speaking at the launch of contest launch, development team project manager David Houghton said the hospital wanted a ‘bespoke building of small scale but huge vision’ which demanded a ‘sensitive response to its function and setting’.

The five shortlisted teams are currently working up their proposals.

The RIBA Competitions office has been contacted for comment.


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