Acorn reaches financial close for $253 million hospital project in UK

The Acorn consortium, comprising John Laing, Laing O’Rourke and Interserve, has reached financial close on a new £167 million ($252.5 million) Alder Hey children’s hospital in Liverpool, UK.

Designed by BDP, the new hospital is being built on behalf of Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. The new hospital will have a total area of 51,000 square metres and will accommodate 270 beds, including 48 critical care beds; and 16 operating theatres, comprising four for day-case surgery and 12 inpatient theatres.

Every ward of the hospital will have a play area, in addition to the easy access to external play areas and gardens. The additional facilities at the new hospital will include parents’ rooms, a 150-seat restaurant facility, gardens and a spiritual area.

Of the total bedrooms, the 75% of the rooms will be single patient en-suite rooms, while the majority of the rooms will have natural views and easy access to the Springfield Park, which will be integrated with the hospital.

Scheduled for opening in the third quarter of 2015, the new children’s hospital is funded by the trust’s own financial resource, in conjunction with donations and Private Finance Initiative (PFI).