Alder Hey Children’s Health Park


The Brief

Laing O’Rourke were awarded this project which will create a hospital that, raises spirits as well as stimulates well-being and quality of life.

This would be Europe’s first ever hospital in a park caring for more than 270,000 young people annually. In addition to this, Alder Hey Children’s Health Park would become one of the most sustainable hospitals ever to be built. We were privileged to be chosen as steelwork and glulam contractors.

Our Approach

  • This project gave us the ability to display our versatility, working with steel and glulam timber. 
  • Much of the work we carried out would be visible in the final condition. This meant quality and aesthetics were a vital component of this construction project.
  • Not only would the glulam be a visual feature but it would also hold structural importance. We worked carefully to ensure these bespoke components were erected carefully. Thus to prevent damage and loss of aesthetic appeal.
  • This project would also include the design and installation of steelwork features. Comprising of a link-bridge and a “Treehouse”. 
  • The treehouse was comprised of steel members within the atrium of the hospital. It would be the standout feature of the hospital’s entrance.

Alder Hey Children’s Health Park


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The Outcomes

Upon completion Laing O’Rourke noted that it is one of the fastest hospital builds they have ever attempted and completed. Which is astonishing  when considering the scale and features of the project.

In addition, we ensured that high levels of sustainability and eco-friendliness were maintained throughout the project. 

The building has since been awarded the “BBC People’s Choice Award Building of the Decade” in 2018.

“We relish these opportunities to demonstrate our flexibility in handling multiple building materials both in design, procurement and erection”
Andrew Sutcliffe
Andrew Sutcliffe
Elland Steel Structures Ltd Contracts Director
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