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Alder Hey Children’s Hospital


Ground Control was appointed by Laing O’Rourke to implement this major hard and soft landscaping project.
The landscaping design by BDP Partnership had a vital therapeutic role for this nationally acclaimed children’s hospital.
The Landscaping brief included a range of green roofing, courtyard and terrace gardens, a bereavement garden, in addition to northern and southern gardens with ampitheatre and a children’s plaza with interactive games.

Hard landscaping elements included:

  • Install timber planters and fill with 350m3 topsoi
  • 2500m2 of coloured tarmac paths
  • 1000m of Tegula kerbs
  • Cable ducts and bases for street light and illuminated bollards
  • 220m2 of hardwood timber decking
  • Playground equipment and rubber safety surfacing
  • Cobble surfacing and planters in 2nd storey courtyard
  • Steel estate railings and gates
  • Lay 1200m2 of bespoke coloured paving in footpaths

Soft landscaping elements included:

  • Import & spread 5000m3 of topsoil
  • Supply & plant 45000 specimen shrubs, including grasses and herbaceous plants covering over 200 varieties
  • Supply & plant 150 semi mature trees
  • Supply & place 340m3 of fibre reinforced soil and 2500m2 of turf to create access roads for emergency vehicles
  • 1 hectare of wildflower and amenity grass seeding

Throughout the duration of the project, our teams were faced with a range of challenges. These included; meticulous planning of craneage to lift materials into inaccessible areas such as the sunken garden and upper level car park.

Planting out of season was a challenge, resulting in huge demands for watering. This was further hampered by a lack of watering points and water usage restrictions imposed during prolonged dry weather.

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Project Information

Alder Hey Children's Hospital Trust

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