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AHMM and Cullinan shortlisted in Alder Hey ‘community cluster’ contest

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool
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Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) and Cullinan Studio are among four teams competing for a £20 million community cluster building at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool

Penoyre & Prasad and 2017 Stirling Prize-shortlisted practice Reiach and Hall complete the shortlist of teams chosen to participate in the next phase of the RIBA-organised contest for Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

The two-stage procurement process will select an architect-led multidisciplinary team to deliver the ‘harmonious’ new multi-phase complex which will bring together several clinical and non-clinical services currently spread across various locations.

The call for applications was launched in October two months after AHMM won an earlier competition to design a 310m2 bereavement counselling centre at Alder Hey (pictured bottom). Its ‘naturally elegant’ proposal with its ‘very easy to read … village of roofs’ was chosen ahead of submissions by BDP, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Hayhurst and Co and Newcastle-based JDDK.

Commenting on the shortlist, Alder Hey development director David Powell said: ‘This is an opportunity to create a place of treatment and care for children and families who are going through difficult times, while also developing a home for a fantastic group of staff whose effort and dedication can sometimes slip under the radar. This place needs to be special; a jewel in the crown of Alder Hey.’

The new building is planned for the 1.6ha northern segment of the hospital’s new BDP-designed Alder Hey in the Park campus. It will feature two small in-patient wards, three outpatient units, a school, and administrative facilities. Proposals are expected to provide a welcoming environment for children and harness biomimicry internally and externally.

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 the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award last October.

The latest project, planned to complete in 2020, will be constructed next to the bereavement centre on a plot just north of BDP’s main complex.

The £9 million first phase will bring together a neuro assessment outpatients department, a psychology outpatients department, an orthotics workshop, estates office and police offices in a 2,400m² structure.

The four shortlisted teams will receive £7,500 each to participate in the contest’s negotiation phase, which will include a design approach workshop and interviews in early March.

The full shortlist

  • Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
  • Cullinan Studio
  • Penoyre & Prasad
  • Reiach and Hall

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