A major hospital project in Liverpool has won the top honour at this year’s British Construction Industry Awards (BCIA).
The Alder Hey Children’s Health Park scheme scooped the prestigious Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award in recognition of its successful integration of engineering and architecture.
The award, supported by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Cabinet Office, recognises publicly-funded projects that demonstrate innovative and productive construction, deliver value for money and bring real change for their communities.
Commissioned by Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, the scheme was delivered by engineering consultant WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, architect BDP and contractor Laing O’Rourke.
“This is public building at its very best. The innovative, ground breaking project involved the true integration of engineering and architecture, relying on a huge amount of collaboration between the partners involved,” said incoming ICE president and BCIA judge Tim Broyd.
“Alder Hey Children’s Foundation Trust did an excellent job in engaging and consulting patients past and present in defining the needs of the building. The final design embraces its parkland setting, providing light, views and privacy to all sides, whilst allowing nature and relaxation into the building. This will make a fundamental difference to the lives of the children and families who rely on this building every day.”
Minister for the Cabinet Office Ben Gummer added: “Alder Hey is a great example of how to transform public services in an innovative and cost-effective way. Engaging the community in the design and using local apprentices to support the construction will ensure the hospital will continue to be at the heart of the community for generations to come.”
The £237M scheme is both the first NHS health park for children in the UK and Europe’s only hospital in a park. The hospital houses 270 beds and will take care of more than 275,000 children each year.
“It is a real honour to be recognised in such a prestigious way for the many achievements on Alder Hey in the Park children’s hospital. This challenging project was the first of its kind in the UK – the fastest-ever construction programme for a large and complex hospital, using digital engineering and offsite construction techniques to ensure delivery certainty,” said Laing O’Rourke’s Engineering Enterprise managing director Paul Sheffield.
“The team on the project worked collaboratively throughout the process to engage the local community wherever possible and we are incredibly proud to have handed over a facility that provides children with not only the highest quality treatment but also offers a unique environment to support their recovery.”
For the full list of BCIA 2016 winners, click here.
To view pictures from the awards ceremony, click here.