Phase one of Springfield Park complete

Phase one of Springfield Park complete

Phase one of Springfield Park complete

25th Oct 2021

Phase one of the redevelopment of Springfield Park has been completed with Liverpool City Council taking formal ownership of approximately 1.8 hectares of enhanced park from Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

Alder Hey built their new state of the art Alder Hey in the Park Children’s Hospital in 2015, on Springfield Park, which is owned by Liverpool City Council. As part of the Land Exchange Agreement with Liverpool City Council made in 2012, Alder Hey is obligated to return 9.4 hectares of land back to council ownership with phase one of this agreement now complete.

Alder Hey will also be spending £6.2 million on delivering the restored Springfield Park. With phase one now complete phases two and three of this process are now underway meaning that the full 9.4 hectares of park is scheduled to be handed over to Liverpool City Council by 2023.

The Park now includes several enhanced features including a new path network that provides a pedestrian link from Alder Road to East Prescot Road, a new park car park and a new pedestrian entrance with build in timber steps and rock boulders.

Alder Hey’s vision is to create a ‘health campus’ on Springfield Park; a place focused on developing the very best health outcomes for children and young people.  This will be an innovative, vibrant and safe place that will include:

  • Alder Hey in the Park children’s hospital.
  • Institute in the Park where alongside with university, industry and other partners, we are developing new medicines and technology to significantly improve health outcomes for children and young people in the future.
  • The Alder Centre; the UK’s only dedicated bereavement centre for child loss
  • Sunflower House; a new 12 bed tier 4 mental health unit alongside the Catkin Building which will deliver wider Community health services.

In order to deliver a vision for Springfield Park that works for everyone in the community, Alder Hey through Capacity, who have been talking to people who use the park, who live nearby and to voluntary and community groups, through holding online and in-person consultation sessions to gather their thoughts on how the Park should look like and what features to try and include.

A number of events in the Park have also been held such as Autumn Photography Competition, Halloween Xplorer, Christmas Jumper Walks and Spring into Spring Zumba classes, all designed to bring the local community closer together and to encourage more people to use the Park area.

Liverpool Wheels for All project will be based at Springfield Park. A scheme which will provide inclusive and accessible cycling equipment facilities for the local community as well as patients at Alder Hey as part of their rehabilitation. 

£20,000’s worth of resources have been put towards incubating a community-led organisation. This will mean the local community will be able to raise and hold funds for park enhancements that will work independently and also alongside Liverpool City Council to manage and maintain park enhancements in the future.

Alder Hey are looking forward to working closely with our neighbours and partners in delivering a beautiful, thriving and restored Springfield Park, which has something for everyone and that can be enjoyed by the whole community.

To get involved in helping to shape Springfield Park, please email conversations@capacitylab.co.uk

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