The new Alder Hey has moved one step closer, following Liverpool City Council’s planning approval.
The Planning Committee had already granted outline planning permission of the redevelopment of Alder Hey last year.
In May this year, Alder Hey revealed that Acorn had been selected as the Preferred Bidder for the project and unveiled stunning pictures of the new hospital. The new building will be built in Springfield Park, next door to the current site, and once the building is constructed the existing Alder Hey will be demolished and turned into a replacement park. The new Alder Hey will sit right in the heart of the park, surrounded by green space which can be seen from almost every window.
Following confirmation of the chosen design, Alder Hey needed the Council’s approval on its reserved matters planning application, which focused on the main hospital building, the multi-storey car park and the relocation of the Nelson Monument in Springfield Park.
During the meeting, the Planning Committee considered the new hospital’s layout, design, appearance and landscape. They were given information gathered from a public consultation with the local community back in May, alongside comments received from the Design Council in July.
Councillors at the meeting showed unequivocal support for the proposals, citing they were ‘very impressed’ by what was a ‘fantastic application that the city can be proud of’.
On receiving planning approval, Sir David Henshaw (Chair of Alder Hey) said: “We are delighted following today’s approval and are proud to have received such a positive response from Liverpool City Council. We truly believe that the new Alder Hey in the Park will benefit patients and families while also becoming an iconic landmark for the City of Liverpool.”
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “This is brilliant news and a significant step forward in the delivery of this state-of-the art hospital, in a beautiful setting, which will provide world-class care for our young people.”