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Alder Hey Hospital's ground breaking design wins national award

Newly built Alder Hey in the Park beat stiff competition from across the country in the 2016 Civic Voice Design Awards to win both the New Buildings category and the Overall Award.

Announced at the Awards evening in Portcullis House, Alder Hey in the Park was opened for business only last year. The Civic Voice Design Awards give communities the opportunity to nominate and recognise new buildings, restoration and public realm projects in their local area.

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“Putting the communities at the centre of projects is at the heart of the Prince’s Foundation’s work so we’re delighted to see this project being recognised by these awards that focus on projects which have had a great impact on their local community. Alder Hey in the Park is an iconic example of how engaging the local community, staff and patients can lead to a revolutionary and humanising concept in hospital design”.
Ben Bolgar, Senior Director, The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community.

The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community worked with the hospital NHS trust to engage the local community, particularly the Friends of Springfield Park, to plan the children’s health park and hospital. A key principle for the new hospital was that it would engage with its natural surroundings to offer patients, their families and staff the therapeutic benefits of the natural environment. The hospital was also influenced by children’s concepts for how they would like a hospital to feel with 15 year old Eleanor Brogan’s design, in particular, inspiring the architects.

“We’re absolutely delighted that Alder Hey Children’s Hospital has won not only the New Buildings Category but is the overall winner of the Civic Voice Design awards. It’s well deserved recognition of the innovative approach the design took, to use the natural surroundings to complement the work of the hospital, the way we consulted with patients and families to find out what they wanted and the massive impact the hospital has on the surrounding community. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with our partners The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community and the local community via the Friends Of Springfield Park to shape and realise this vision”.
David Hougton, Alder Hey in the Park Project Manager

“Designed in response to the needs of patients, visitors, staff, and the community as a whole, the close attention paid to improving the user experience to create a home-from-home for children who need care, is utterly commendable. The project successfully combines art, architecture and landscape design to create a new hospital, which is warm, happy, calming and educational, marking a step-change in the quality of public hospital design. Through meaningful consultation, the city of Liverpool now has a hospital of which they are immensely proud. The judges were unanimous in naming Alder Hey Children’s Hospital as the winner of the new buildings category”.
Max Farrell, Farrells Architects and Civic Voice judging panel Chair.

This year 16 schemes from across England were shortlisted by the expert Judging Panel for their positive impact on the local community and design quality.

The Civic Voice Design Awards were introduced in 2013 following a vote by Civic Voice members to demonstrate that civic societies and other community groups will accept new development when it responds positively to the local area.

The judging panel includes: Max Farrell, Project Leader for the 2014 Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment; Tracy Meller, Associate Partner at Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners; Rob Cowan, Director of Urban Design Skills; Sophia de Sousa, Chief Executive of The Glass-House Community Led Design and; Russ Hamilton, Design Partner at Farrells.

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