Client Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
Location North West
We created a new Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) space for Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust, supporting the client’s vision to create Europe’s first dedicated children’s healthcare campus in a park.
The Community Cluster is an outpatient facility that co-locates services previously spread across the campus, providing a joined-up approach to children’s mental health. The adjacent Sunflower House is a 12-bed residential unit built to anti-ligature standards, creating a safe space for overnight stays or longer.
Together, the two facilities provide the opportunity for cross-dependent mental health services to work together, ensuring children receive outstanding care and improved outcomes. Features such as therapeutic gardens and a sensory room provide a calming environment for patients to heal.
Joining the project at RIBA stage 3, we worked closely with the client, children’s services and supply chain partners to refine the design, delivering £5m savings. Sustainable materials such as glulam timber enabled the client to realise their vision for low carbon facilities within budget. Providing connections to a proposed on-site energy centre future-proofed the works to ensure compliance with net zero requirements.
End-user familiarisation training included a virtual model to avoid disruption to busy staff. Clinicians could access the model at a convenient time using their smart phones, ensuring they fully understood the layout of each room before completion of the works.
young people engaged at careers events
of supply chain partners were SMEs
waste diverted from landfill
of the workforce from ethnic minorities