Ground Control completes landscaping at new Alder Hey Children's Hospital

Landscape company Ground Control has completed the external works at the newly opened Alder Hey Children's Hospital as part of a £250m rebuild.

Landscaping at Alder Hey. Image: Ground Control
Landscaping at Alder Hey. Image: Ground Control

The hospital, known as Alder Hey in the Park, was unveiled last month in West Derby's Springfield Park. It is designed to offer children a home away from home, and includes access to play areas, outdoor spaces and striking views of the park. The original hospital buildings will be demolished and transformed into new parkland.

Ground Control carried out all hard and soft landscaping across the site on behalf of Laing O'Rourke, which included bulk excavation, surface water drainage, bespoke timber planters and pergolas, colour macadam, natural and pcc paving, timber decking, play equipment, street furniture, topsoil installation and tree and shrub planting.

The company's fencing team installed bespoke estate railing, a specialist drainage layer and completed works to podium slabs and courtyards. They also installed surface finishes in the second storey courtyard garden, approximately 2000m2 of coloured macadam in courtyard areas, hardwood bespoke planters and high-specification granite paving. Over 2000m2 of turf was laid on reinforced soil to provide access routes for emergency vehicles.

Ground Control's construction manager Steve Yates, who managed the project, commented: "It's been great to be involved in such an exciting project that really will provide a much more enjoyable experience for patients and families.

"Although challenging at times, we completed the work on schedule so that the patients and staff would have access to the outside areas from day one and I feel that the overall look of the landscaping compliments such a distinctive building."

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