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AHMM wins Alder Hey bereavement centre competition

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Allford Hall Monaghan Morris has won the RIBA-backed competition to design a new bereavement counselling centre at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool

The 2015 Stirling Prize-winning practice’s ‘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.

The proposed 310m2 facility will provide counselling and support services for anyone affected by the death of a child, as well as housing the national Freephone Child Death Helpline. 

David Powell, development director, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, said: ‘Following an in-depth decision process involving Alder Hey staff, our development team and service users, we felt that AHMM’s design perfectly matched our brief. 

‘[The practice has] designed a building in keeping with the exceptional design of our new hospital buildings but one that remains discreet and sensitively designed for its users.’

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. It is one of the largest facilities of its kind in Europe. 

A £167 million BDP-designed Health Park Campus for the hospital opened in 2015.

Depending on the timetable for the trust’s other planned developments, work on the bereavement centre could start next year. 

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Model of AHMM’s winning scheme

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