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Recognizing the need for a new facility built to
modern-day standards, Alder Hey turned its sights
to its next door neighbor-the 22-acre Springfield
Park-with the idea to build a hospital adjacent to
the park and then demolish its existing facility and
replace it with more green space. "It gave us the
opportunity to design the park into the building,"
Powell says.

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After earning neighborhood support, the hospital
conducted a land swap with the city of Liverpool
and then began defining the design goals for its new
home. Alder Hey sought input from families, staff,
and patients, who were asked to draw an image
of what they'd like to see in a new hospital. "Ninety
percent of the images were about the outside,"
Powell says. "What that said to us was they wanted
something to connect them to those things."
But Alder Hey didn't just want a building in
the park, Powell says: "That would have been a
missed opportunity." Instead, the provider wanted
something "grand" that would "set a new mark" for
the organization. London-based BDP entered the
subsequent design competition and won the project. Benedict Zucchi, a director at the firm and the
lead architect on the project, says he was skeptical upon first hearing Alder Hey's goals. "I thought
that they were sort of clichés and that it was just
another way of saying they wanted a building of
quality," Zucchi says.
But when BDP presented a series of design
proposals, Alder Hey chose the most radical of
them all, called "Hill in the Park," which included
a building profile with exposed surfaces to mimic
the characteristic red sandstone of Liverpool and
patient wards projecting out like ripples of landscape. "That's when we realized that there was real
ambition on their part to do something innovative,"
Zucchi says.

Above: The helipad was located
on the western end of campus
to provide direct access to the
critical care department in the
middle building. Courtyards
between the buildings help
bring the park setting as close
to the buildings and patient
wards as possible. Left: The
exterior building material
was chosen to resemble the
characteristic red sandstone
of Liverpool. The bed bays on
the patient wards bow out from
the façade and are covered in
colored anodized aluminum
panels to add some playfulness
to the elevations. Opposite:
The five-story atrium houses
several elements designed
to infuse a sense of fun and
childlike wonder into the
hospital, including a wooden
mobile in the foreground and
a conical-shaped structure,
called the "Treehouse," in the
background, which houses
a multi-faith chapel on the
bottom level and a teen lounge
above.

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