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Work begins on 51,000m2 Children's Hospital

Following the announcement by The Acorn consortium, comprising John Laing, Laing O’Rourke and Interserve, that the programme to redevelop the Alder Hey children's hospital in Liverpool has achieved Financial Close, WSP is ramping up to begin putting its winning designs into action.


The new £167m hospital is being built on behalf of Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and will have a floor area of 51,000m2, and will contain 270 beds and 16 state of the art operating theatres. It will also include a multi-storey car park with 1200 spaces, 200 more than the current site. 

WSP has worked on the project since 2010, providing engineering design services to the Acorn consortium’s winning bid. The design was uniquely inspired by children themselves as part of wider consultations with patients and families. 

Going forward, WSP’s Birmingham based team is providing civil, structural, transport and geo environmental and acoustics design services. 

Responding to client Laing O’Rourke’s brief to reduce on site labour, maximise off site construction and improve health and safety generally, WSP has designed and detailed vast majority of structural components including the load bearing sandwich panel façade so that they can be manufactured efficiently off site. 

Malcolm Davidson, Project Director at WSP commented: “Alder Hey hospital is going to truly iconic, it will be talked about for years to come. The design is a unique integration of engineering and architecture and was designed with its patients, children and staff, in mind every step of the way. It is very exciting that these designs are about to be brought into reality and we are immensely proud to have been part of, and continue to be part of this innovative, ground breaking and important project. It set a new benchmark in children’s healthcare design for decades to come.” 

The iconic design was first unveiled by the Secretary of State for Health Andrew Lansley in June 2012. When it is opened in 2015 it will become the UK's first 'Children's Health Park' that will give all housed and working there the most beneficial environment possible.



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