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Cullinan wins Alder Hey community facility competition

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Cullinan Studio has won the contest to design a £20 million community complex at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool

The practice was selected ahead of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Penoyre & Prasad and 2017 Stirling Prize-shortlisted practice Reiach and Hall in the RIBA-organised contest for Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

Ted Cullinan’s firm, which is leading a multi-disciplinary team, will now be asked to deliver a ‘harmonious’ new multi-phase complex which will bring together several clinical and non-clinical services currently spread across various locations.

According to the judges, the chosen 2,400m² scheme addressed ’the clinical needs and privacy of patients in a non-institutional environment’ and that its masterplan was ‘considered to have the potential to be readily developable over future phases’.

The jury also felt ’the strong building form would give the community cluster an identity, while sitting comfortably amongst the suite of distinguished campus buildings’. 

The call for applications for the cluster was launched in October two months after AHMM won an earlier competition to design a 310m² bereavement counselling centre at Alder Hey (pictured below).

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.

Commenting on the winner, Alder Hey development director David Powell said: ’The children and families who will use the new cluster development deserve a fantastic place in which to receive their assessment and treatment. The brilliant staff who provide their services are equally deserving.

’The Cullinan team has understood this and responded magnificently with a building of quality and imagination.’

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 house a diverse range of services including outpatient clinics, inpatient wards, operational support, administration and education facilities, together with a small community office for Merseyside Police.

The four shortlisted teams each received £7,500 each to participate in the two-phase competition. The project is expected to complete in 2020,

The shortlist

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

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