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Alder Hey Children’s Health Park


Location Client Cost Completion
Liverpool, UK Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust £167m 2015

Project details

The building rises out of the park on approach with an undulating profile, making it instantly recognisable and a striking and iconic gateway to Liverpool.

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.

BDP's willingness to listen to the views of our patients, families and our staff has been vital in turning this vision into a reality.

Dave Houghton Project manager, Alder Hey Children's Hospital

At Alder Hey Children's Hospital BDP bucks the trend in the healthcare design by showing as much care for humanity as efficiency.

Architecture Today


  • create a hospital that engenders well-being and raises patients’ and visitors’ spirits by adding to their quality of life
  • integrate hospital and park for the therapeutic benefit of children, their families and staff


  • a unique concept recasting Alder Hey as the Children’s Health Park and creating 'a hospital without precedent'
  • the latest thinking on infection control, patient dignity and privacy, segregation of patient, clinical and facilities management flows and technological advances
  • BBC People’s Choice Award Building of the Decade 2018

Integrated services

architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, graphic design