Proposals have been submitted to expand Springfield Park in Liverpool to create the first children’s hospital in Europe to be integrated within a park.
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital has a once in a lifetime vision to deliver a living health campus that is driven by children and young people’s wishes.
Turkington Martin have been working with architect Cullinan Studio to design an enlarged, connected and improved park that will allow the hospital to benefit from the natural environment and empower the local community to interact with nature to improve their health, well-being and quality of life.
Louise Shepherd, Alder Hey’s Chief Executive said: “Our aim has always been to create something really special for local people, children and young people, visitors and Alder Hey staff. Following consultation with local stakeholders including the Friends of Springfield Park, local resident’s groups, councillors and schools, it became apparent that there was a desire to reinstate a much improved park to what had been there previously. We are now embarking on the delivery phase of exciting plans and we will work closely with our friends locally to create something of real value to everyone in the area.
Mike Martin, Director at Turkington Martin said: “Our starting point was understanding and interpreting the aspirations of the local community and the ambitions of Trust. We were particularly struck by the enthusiasm and positive contribution made by the young adults who attended the many stakeholder workshops and presentations. There appears a real drive now to make this happen and deliver a park that everyone is proud of”
We continue to work closely with the local community, partner groups, the Hospital and Liverpool City Council to develop the vision.