London, GB


Alder Hey Children's Hospital

BDP was appointed in 2012 to design the new Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, one of the largest specialist children's hospitals in Europe. The Trust brief called for a unique paediatric environment that, together with adjacent Springfield Park, would form an integrated ‘children’s health park’.

Its hilly, undulating profile makes the new building instantly recognizable, even from a distance: a striking identity that stands in deliberate contrast to the typical idea of a hospital.

Central to our idea was ensuring that the majority of rooms (whether for children or staff) enjoy park views and that gardens and terraces are equally accessible to all.

Three open fingers radiate out from the atrium concourse that forms the hospital’s public hub. These fingers of clinical space alternate with gardens, intertwining building and landscape.



2016 BCI Prime Minister's Award for Better Public Building

2016 RIBA National Award

2016 RICS National Award

2016 European Healthcare Design Award

2016 RIBA North West

2016 Mix Interiors Award

2016 European Healthcare Design Award

2016 Healthcare Estates IHEEM Award

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Status: Built
Location: Liverpool, UK
Firm Role: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, Graphic Design
Additional Credits: Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust