The community cluster building will be an integral and important part of the growing Alder Hey healthcare campus forming a centre of excellence for children’s health. The new building will accommodate and bring together a diverse range of services which are presently housed in old buildings within the retained estate or across the City of Liverpool. Services are expected to eventually include outpatient clinics, inpatient wards, operational support, administration and education.
It is currently envisaged that realisation of the community cluster may involve a phased approach as service users of the building are confirmed, with c. 2,400m2 of accommodation to be provided within the first phase of development.
The vision for the community cluster building is of a community working for children within a landscaped parkland setting that will connect with nature through its design. Although the building will contain clinical services, its primary role as a community building rather than an acute one will need to be evident within the preferred scheme.
On launching the selection process, David Powell (Development Director, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust) said: 'The community cluster building will be an integral part of our Alder Hey in the Park healthcare campus which already includes a world class new hospital alongside a dedicated research, education and innovation facility.
'Our brief is to create an innovative, high quality building; one which reflects the nature of the clinical and non-clinical services within it while encompassing our vision of creating a parkland community for our patients, families and staff.'
Up to a maximum of four bid teams will be short-listed and invited to participate in the negotiation phase, which will include design approach workshop sessions leading to the submission of final tenders in February 2018. An equal honorarium of GBP £7,500 (+VAT) will be paid to each of the bid teams that are invited to, and submit a compliant final tender, and who attends a clarification interview presentation. Honorarium payments will be paid to the architect firm leading each multi-disciplinary design team.
In the first instance, Expressions of Interest are invited in accordance with the requirements set out in a Supplier Selection Questionnaire, which is available (together with a Memorandum of Information and supporting information) by registering with the Due North Pro Contract Trust E-Tendering system.