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28 March 2013
Beth Tweddle cuts the
turf for new Hospital
Photographs by Ian Fairbrother
SHE is a Liverpool Olympic hero
and winner of the BBC's 2013 now Dancing on Ice, and there is with
having a golden sculpture of her body at the Museum of Liverpool,
Beth Tweddle has turned her fame to help
Alder Hey Children's
Hospital. On 26 March 2013, Beth was at the Springfield Park in West
Derby to help cut the turf in a groundbreaking ceremony, where the
£237m "Alder Hey in the Park" will be built.
The celebrations continued inside the hospital as they started a
clock counting down to the opening of the new hospital, planned for
Autumn 2015. The new Alder Hey will be built next to the current
site and the old hospital buildings will then be demolished. The new
hospital that is being built by the Acorn consortium (comprising
John Laing, Laing O'Rourke and Interserve) is designed with children
and young people in mind. It will house 270 beds, including 48
critical care beds for patients in Intensive Care Unit, High
Dependency Unit and Burns Unit. The majority of children and their
families will have their own rooms with en-suite facilities and each
ward will have its own kitchen providing freshly cooked food to
order. This unique design will then see the old site being
transformed by landscaping to create a new park for the community
and views of green space or parkland from every patient's window.
The new park should give patients and their families' easy access to
play areas on and outside their ward. There will also be 16
operating theatres, 4 for day case surgery and 12 inpatient
theatres. The new development will also include a multi-storey car
park with 1200 spaces to aid staff and patients further. This will
be a truly world class hospital and a massive benefit for the region
Chair of Alder Hey, Sir David Henshaw, said:-
"This event will be
remembered as a hugely significant day in Alder Hey's history. It is
an incredible moment for everyone who has been involved in ensuring
that after 100 years, Alder Hey has a long and exciting future
ahead. Our iconic new building will be a fantastic facility for our
patients, families and staff while providing us with the perfect
platform for carrying out our work as one of the leading children's
hospitals in the world."
The Dancing on Ice star, Beth, said:-
"I'm delighted to have been asked to come along and join the
celebrations as building starts on the new hospital! This is such an
exciting time for Alder Hey and as a Patron I am looking forward to
working with the charity to help support the delivery of the vision
for the new hospital!"
James Cole is
back on the track
ON local racing driver
James Cole is back on the race track with his new team, RCIB
Insurance Racing – Vauxhall Insignia. Ahead of the start of the
British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) he joined up with fellow
drivers at Donington Park or a Media and Testing Day. Sadly his new
ride was not ready for the track on Thursday, 21 March 2013, but he
is on the grid Brands Hatch on 31 March 2013. These photos have been
kindly taken for us by Leanne Wilson from Octane Photographic Ltd.
at the Media and Testing Day. We hope to be following Cole
this year, so stay tuned to see how he gets on!
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