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Morgan Sindall starts work on £12.5 million Alder Hey Children's Hospital project

A computer-generated image of the new Research and Education Centre at Alder Hey

Morgan Sindall has started work on phase one of a new research and education facility at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.

To mark the start of the work, young people from the Children’s Young Persons Advisory Group gathered with representatives from Alder Hey, Liverpool City Council and the University of Liverpool to fill a time capsule with memories and information about paediatric research. The capsule will be buried on the site of the Research and Education Centre before completion.

The £12.5 million project will include work on a three-storey building set to have a BREEAM Excellent rating. The building will be set around a curved central atrium that brings natural light to its core.

Phase one of the building work has started and will comprise of around 3,660 square metres of development. This phase is due to complete in July 2015.

Barry Roberts, Morgan Sindall area director, said: “Alder Hey Children’s Hospital has touched the lives of many people throughout the years and the new Research and Education facility will result in life-changing discoveries for many more. Healthcare buildings are always special to us because of the positive impact they aim to have and we are looking forward to unveiling the finished part of this facility to Alder Hey in 2015.”

Louise Shepherd, Alder Hey chief executive, said: “Alder Hey is already a centre of excellence for paediatric research and education in the UK which remains central to our future strategy. The new facility will have research, education and treatment facilities that no other UK or European children’s hospital can offer.

“Sharing knowledge and expertise within a centre such as this will help us to confirm our place as a world leader and provide a facility for the highest level of research and development for future generations.”

The new facility will allow researchers to develop safer, better medicines for children to use in the NHS and throughout the world. It will also help give children in the North West greater access to emerging life-saving technologies and provide world-class facilities to continue to attract outstanding researchers to Liverpool.