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New healthy homes for Alder Hey Site

Liverpool City Council has given consent for the creation of a new mixed-use development called Springfield Gardens on the site of the former Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Knotty Ash.

BDP won the commission with award winning developer Step Places - following an open design competition run by the NHS and Liverpool City Council - to deliver a new residential-led community and a piece of the BDP designed new Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, wider health campus and Springfield Park.

The approved vision for Springfield Gardens, will see BDP, Step Places and the NHS work together to create a place that is bespoke to the context of Alder Hey Hospital, responding to the needs of the healthcare service and the wider community, and helping to break down traditional barriers between hospital and adjacent communities.


Springfield Gardens will be a contemporary mixed-use development bringing 182 new homes to create a truly diverse community. High quality housing is being designed to include a mix of typologies such as accommodation for NHS staff, private housing, retirement apartments and specialist living for young people with autism. It will also include retail spaces, a gym, crèche and a new science research building for the Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

Mark Braund, architect director at BDP, explains: “Creating homes, amenities and spaces that fit within the context of their place is more important than ever before. When that place is a world-beating health campus in an evolving modern city, where the needs and requirements of people are so varied and the opportunity to design to a unique set of healthcare requirements, it means finding the right balance of housing typologies and supporting uses, sustainability, ecology and quality of design. The Springfield Gardens development will create a beautiful holistic healthy environment that really connects to its setting. Its residents will take ownership of a unique, sustainable and healthy place that will support the local community for generations to come.”


Harinder Dhaliwal, Managing Director at Step Places, added: “We are proud to be working on this scheme to create a new residential-led health and wellbeing campus, next to a new state-of-the-art healthcare facility. With Mark Braund and the team from BDP, the process to gain consent has been exciting, challenging and certainly very rewarding. We are looking forward to delivering an exemplar, cutting-edge development for the north of England”

Critical to BDP’s masterplan approach was the creation and extension of the park landscape and green spaces from Springfield Park through to the surrounding streets. The new buildings provide views to the park itself, creating a safer and more welcoming place to be.

The old Alder Hey hospital buildings were demolished in 2017 and Step Places was appointed to redevelop the site in 2019, following a competition run by Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.  


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