Acorn consortium selected for new hospital in UK

27 May 2012 (Last Updated May 27th, 2012 18:30)

The Acorn consortium, comprising John Laing, Laing O’Rourke and Interserve, has been named as preferred bidder for the £237m Alder Hey hospital project in Liverpool, UK.

Alder Hey hospital in UK

The Acorn consortium, comprising John Laing, Laing O’Rourke and Interserve, has been named as preferred bidder for the £237m Alder Hey hospital project in Liverpool, UK.

The new hospital will be built in Springfield Park in West Derby near the hospital’s current site and will be surrounded by green space.

Alder Hey hospital development programme director David Powell said that moving next door to Springfield Park will mean the building can blend into its surroundings and become a hospital in the park.

"There will be views of the park from most windows and every child will be able to see green space/nature from their room," Powell said.

The new hospital will have a floor area of 60,000m², featuring 270 beds, 48 critical care beds for patients in ICU, HDU and Burns.

Plans for the new facility include six standard wards with 32 beds; each ward will have two four-bed bays and 24 single rooms on each ward.

The new hospital will also house 16 operating theatres, four for day-case surgery and 12 inpatient theatres, as well as a multi-storey car park with 1200 spaces, 200 more than the current site.

Upon completion of the construction, the existing Alder Hey hospital will be demolished and turned into a replacement park.

In the consortium, John Laing and Laing O’Rourke each hold a 40% stake while Interserve owns the remaining 20%.

Laing O’Rourke Construction will design and build the new hospital while Interserve will provide hard facilities management services.

Building Design Partnership director and healthcare architect Benedict Zucchi will serve as the lead architect for the project.

The project is expected to achieve financial close in winter 2012 and the official opening of the new hospital is planned for summer 2015.


Caption: The new hospital will have a floor area of 60,000m² and a multi-storey car park with 1200 spaces. Image: Alder Hey.