The Alder Centre, located in Alder Hey Health Park Liverpool, has been providing a unique bereavement counselling service for those affected by the death of a child since they were establish in the late 1980’s.
To date, however, they have not had a purpose designed building and currently inhabit and make the most of the old oncology unit. FCBStudios were delighted to be shortlisted for a RIBA run competition seeking to address this and provide a new facility to allow the centre to expand their capability.
The project, a new typology, is without precedent and as such FCBStudios Partner, Peter Clegg commented that during our design development ‘we have tried to think about the building from inside out; to put ourselves in the position of visitors, volunteers, hospital workers and counsellors’. Each internal space, whether it is a private counselling room or a more communal space connects directly to an external walled garden. This allows the users to adapt their environment for their specific needs. It means activities can spill out into the purpose-designed gardens and enables each space to provide a unique experience.
Simon Branson, Associate at FCBStudios said ‘The work that the Alder Centre and their Counsellors undertake is remarkable and truly inspiring. It was one of those projects where the site visit touches you not only as an Architect but at a very human and emotional level. We are disappointed not to have won the competition on this occasion, but have been touched by the conversations and wish the Alder centre every success in the future.’