Couch Perry & Wilkes has been appointed by Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust to support the procurement of a PFI partner for a new world-class inpatient and acute treatment children’s hospital. Being built as phase 1 of the Europe’s first Children’s Health Park, the new 330-bed hospital, due to be completed in June 2014, will create a state-of-the-art facility that is friendly to patients and the environment. It provides a “once in a lifetime” opportunity to fully realise the therapeutic value of the available external spaces.
As one of the UK’s largest dedicated environmental building services consultancies and experts in low carbon and sustainability, Couch Perry & Wilkes has worked closely with the Trust. From the planning stages to set the design brief, to the design of the Public Sector Comparator scheme, through to developing the business case for this exciting, iconic new hospital, the company has an on-going relationship with the Trust.
Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest children’s hospitals in Western Europe, treating more than 200,000 children per year. It has an impressive history of medical achievement and clinical innovation with twenty specialist services and paediatric staff specialising in most fields in children’s medicine.
Keith Terry, Director Specialist Services at Couch Perry & Wilkes said, “The provision of a genuinely sustainable solution in conjunction with a high quality environment has been top of the agenda, leading to detailed consideration of the potential for passive engineering and energy savings.
“The engineering design of the new hospital, in the region of 42,000m2, must comply with recognised health industry criteria, fully supporting the critical clinical needs of the environment,” explains Keith, “but also be innovative, efficient, flexible, and most importantly, child friendly. The new hospital will provide a welcoming, child-focused inpatient facility which is fully integrated into the re-configuration of the adjacent Springfield Park, providing a real feature for the community.”
He continues, “The development also needs to recognise UK government targets for carbon reduction, and the Trust has set a challenge for its PFI partner to help it achieve a low, preferably near zero carbon development which fully considers the best modern passive design techniques and integrates these on a whole building basis.”
Alder Hey has been a major contributor to the work of the national Children’s Task Force and the national Service Framework for Children. The Trust also provides a wide range of community based child case health services, as well as collaborative Social Services.