Alder Hey in the Park, in Liverpool, cares for more than 270,000 young people every year and is one of the most sustainable hospitals ever built, with more than 50% of its energy generated on site. The children’s hospital treats everything from common illnesses to spinal, heart and brain conditions, as well as craniofacial surgery and intensive cancer treatment. The project took just 130 weeks to complete and UK Metering were selected as the supplier of metering solutions for Heat Energy, Cooling and Water based upon their expertise in handling significant projects with strict delivery timescales.
The unique appearance of the facade demanded a very complex manufacturing and delivery process. The panels were designed to resemble the red sandstone rock strata, which is prevalent in Liverpool, to create the building’s architecture. The facade components were also one of the largest sandwich panels ever produced at EIP, due to floor-to-ceiling height requirements.The bespoke design of the building, with multiple architectural interfaces, meant additional pressures on the internal fit-out and MEP operations, as maintaining watertight dates were critical for commissioning commencement. Room-width glazed sliding screens, which incorporated interstitial blinds to every bed bay throughout the hospital, were also a first in healthcare delivery on this scale.