Next phase of £250m Alder Hey hospital redevelopment approved by Liverpool council
The next phase of the “mind-blowing” plan for the £250m redevelopment of Alder Hey hospital was approved by city planners.
Council chiefs at yesterday’s planning meeting were awestruck by the innovative designs for the new complex, which will include radical new buildings and a huge children’s “health park”.
While full permission has not yet been granted, the decision to approve elements of the plans was said to be a “significant step” towards the scheme being realised.
The hospital wings will be turfed on the sides and roof to give the impression they are sloping up out of the parkland.
And many of the more than 250,000 children who receive care at the centre who have to stay as in-patients will benefit from 75% of the rooms being individual bedrooms.
Ged Causer, of the Acorn Consortium behind the build, said: “This is very much focused on the patients, parents and staff who will use the hospital.
“What we took on board (from the trust’s brief) was about having a clinically efficient plan that responds directly to the landscape.
“It’s all about creating a sense of space, and rooms with views are a crucial part of this.”
Wards will protrude into the park as so-called “fingers” emanating from the central hub, which will ensure as much light as possible in the rooms.
Mr Causer added that sandstone would be incorporated into the designs to “reflect Liverpool’s geological heritage”.
[Image: First look at Alder Hey's new hospital. Alder Hey Children's Health Park]
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