15 th November 2010
Statement from Louise Shepherd, Chief Executive Alder Hey Childrenís NHS Foundation Trust
"I would like to reassure our patients and families that Richard Glennís resignation as Consultant Project Director in no way jeopardises our plans to build a new hospital for children and young people in Merseyside and the UK by 2014.
"There is enormous momentum behind one of the most exciting projects in the North West and we are delighted that the two consortia working with us have today both reiterated their desire and commitment to the £288million project.
"The Trust is currently working with the two bidders to develop and finalise their designs through active discussions with staff and our Childrenís Forum. Set to open in 2014 (our centenary), our new hospital will be a world class facility and include private wards, single rooms and 21st-century facilities, all set within beautifully landscaped gardens.
"The consultancy that Richard provided to our Childrenís Health Park team has enabled them to progress the project to this exciting stage. Mike Bacon and David Houghton, who have worked as Project Managers for the past three years, will continue to lead our accomplished Childrenís Health Park team throughout this phase of the project.
"Once both bidders have sufficiently met our specifications, they will be invited to submit final bids before our preferred bidder is selected and the final approval process achieved. Our aim is to have all necessary contracts signed by the end of March 2012 to allow us to begin building in April 2012.
"This is a really exciting time for us as we look forward to realising our vision under the guidance and leadership of our new Chair. Sir David Henshaw has already underlined his full commitment and support to the project as together we aim to open this tremendous facility by October 2014."