LIVERPOOL children’s hospital enters a new era today as work begins on the new Alder Hey in the Park.
Hoardings are going up around the site of the new hospital in West Derby in preparation for the new build which will see a modern hospital on neighbouring Springfield Park.
The plan is to take the current hospital and effectively turn it at a 90-degree angle, rebuilding it at a welcoming “treetop height”.
Its iconic design was inspired by a flower drawn by a former patient.
As part of the new build, the park will be redeveloped for use by the whole community.
Building work is scheduled to begin in early March. There will then be a phase of interim works on the site which will include relocating the park’s grade ll-listed Nelson’s Monument.
After the new hospital is built, the old one will be demolished and the site landscaped and developed to create a new park.
Alder Hey said they are committed to providing a better park in the future which both hospital patients and the public can enjoy.
Dave Houghton, Alder Hey in the Park Project Manager, said: “Our vision is to provide a neighbourhood park which can be enjoyed by both the local community and hospital users. “We want to create a park that is safe, accessible to all, environmentally friendly and fits the needs of those living around it.”
The new park will include footpath routes, street furniture including seats and bins, informal football pitches, a multi-use games area and a play area.
The Nelson’s Monument will be moved but will still have a prominent position in the new park.
Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, Cllr Malcolm Kennedy, said today: “It is fantastic to see that plans are moving forward for the new Alder Hey Hospital.
“It is a much loved institution and this development will help make it a European leader in the treatment of young people.
“The preparation of Springfield Park for the start of work is the latest significant milestone in the delivery of this scheme.
“It will bring some short-term disruption but the long term benefits will be huge. ”