Alder Hey Children’s Hospital: Institute in the Park
Civic Trust Awards
Level of Award
Local Authority Area
Information about this scheme
The Institute in the Park houses a mixture of spaces to support the needs of the NHS Trust and their four University partners - research and teaching laboratories, offices, meeting rooms, lecture theatres, breakout spaces, a café and a library.
Between two modular and efficient wings, a curvilinear central atrium is enhanced by communal internal and external spaces at all levels, encouraging interaction and collaboration between researchers and visitors. The building responds to the Trust’s desire to provide a flexible configuration that supports interdisciplinary collaboration and wider engagement beyond the Hospital, with shared working and breakout spaces to facilitate good communication between different users.
The three-storey design and central stair encourage circulation through the building and minimise the use of the central lift. Timber has been used both internally and externally to respond to its parkland setting and avoid an institutional environment. The exposed GGBS concrete frame and soffits, embedded with heating and cooling coils, provide a self-finished and resilient construction.
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital is an integral component in the local community, recognised as ‘a world leader in the provision of education, learning and development; delivering a service which encourages and promotes inter- professional learning’. Its strategic vision identifies the further development of these facilities which the ‘Institute in the Park’ has reacted to by expanding on the services offered, to bring its users, the NHS Foundation Trust and its four University partners (University of Liverpool, Edge Hill University, Liverpool John Moores University and University of Central Lancashire), together to improve knowledge through greater social interaction.
Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure Ltd
ME Landscape Studio
Primary Use Class
Class D1a - Medical/Health Service