Alder Hey in the Park, Liverpool

Project Background

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital was founded in 1914. It is a major national children’s hospital and NHS Foundation Trust. Located in a suburb of Liverpool, it provides care to over 270,000 young people and their families every year. This makes it one of the busiest children’s hospitals in Europe.

Having outgrown their existing building, construction began on 26 March 2013 for a new Alder Hey hospital in the neighbouring Springfield Park.

This flagship project is the first children’s hospital in Europe to be built in a park. Aptly named ‘Alder Hey in the Park’, its design was inspired by children.

The new hospital will open in summer 2015. The original Alder Hey hospital building will be demolished and the land redeveloped to provide new parkland for the local community.


Project Scope

Tenos were required to provide a fire engineering strategy and design for the new hospital ensuring statutory approval was achieved at design stage.


Tenos Solution

Project-led by John Barnfield who has extensive healthcare experience, Tenos were able to provide a team with first-hand experience and expertise in providing fire engineering solutions for innovative and complex buildings. Tenos worked closely with the design team to deliver a cost-effective fire safety engineering solution to support an architecturally unique concept.

As part of the process on behalf of the client during the design stage, we pro-actively negotiated with the relevant approval authorities to achieve early statutory approval.