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Alder Hey Bereavement Centre


Alder Hey Bereavement Centre


The Alder Centre was originally established in 1989 and provides bereavement counselling for anyone who has lost a child.  The Centre also runs national telephone helpline.


BBUK worked with a team led by architects AHMM to win a competition for the Alder Hey Centre with its theme 'The Secret Garden', inspired by Frances Hodgson Burnett's book.


A series of intimate spaces that relate to individual counselling rooms are all designed so that privacy is maintained for the users.  Two larger garden spaces are linked with the more public, communal parts of the building.  A ha-ha at the end of the garden provides security to the centre whilst maintaining views out across neighbouring Springfield Park.  At the ha-ha’s base is a rain garden that collects and attenuates surface water run-off from the whole site.