The design of the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital provides a catalyst for the future development of a Bio Sciences Quarter in Liverpool and heals the city block structure, introducing a vibrant new quarter to the city.

A series of high quality spaces on the approach to the hospital includes urban streetscape and a central square. The main square provides a focus for activity, rest and relaxation for the enjoyment of patients, staff, visitors and students. At the heart of the main hospital building, two large garden spaces linked by the atrium and waiting areas provide important break out space, offering patients opportunities to get outside, and respite from the hospital environment.

The hospital’s inward facing wards and circulation spaces have views down into these gardens, and the consequent design is simple and striking. Planting and hard materials have been used to create interest, and the upper terrace of the West Garden can also be used for physiotherapy assessment and training.

The overall design ties the Bio Sciences Quarter into the surrounding city scape and redefines the city block pattern by creating a key gateway into the city centre. This highlights the role of the Hospital and Bio Sciences Quarter as an area of international importance.

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