South Liverpool Treatment Centre, Liverpool

The Southern Liverpool NHS Treatment Centre was procured by Liverpool & Sefton Health Partnership (LSHP) via the Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) framework as part of the provision of new healthcare facilities throughout Liverpool.


This project has been awarded an ACE Excellence in Engineering 2011 Commendation following it’s completion in March 2011.


Sited on an elevated plot in Garston the new Health Centre replaced a much loved Edwardian Hospital. Strong geometric forms clad in stainless steel combine with a dramatic welcoming entrance carved into the sandstone create a new landmark. A Café and Pharmacy animate the street frontage at lower ground level. Fragments of the demolished hospital offer references to the history of the site. A large courtyard provides the inner focal point housing a ‘Tropical Garden’ inspired by the birth of tropical medicine in Liverpool. The building has been designed to achieve BREEAM Healthcare ‘Excellent’. The design includes renewable energy technology that supplies 44% of the buildings energy demand via solar thermal collectors and ground source heat pumps which supply both heat and cooling. This technology will reduce the anticipated building’s carbon emissions by 15%.

Transforming Community Services

The 5,800m² development, designed by MBLA Architects stands on a sandstone outcrop and is a prominent landmark in Garston. Unlike the existing building, people are able to access the new facility from street level rather than by steep ramps and stairs as they do currently. South Liverpool NHS Treatment Centre is more than double the size of the previous building and provides a much wider range of services and more parking, both of which local people have said are important to them.

A Centre for the Whole Community

Local people have played an important role in the development of the new Treatment Centre. Working with Garston Historical Society, builders were able to retain some key architectural features from the previous building so that they could also be used in the Sir Alfred Jones Memorial Garden. This is situated in the courtyard of the new structure.


During the demolition of the old hospital a time capsule was discovered buried in the foundation stone, containing memorabilia and newspaper articles dating back to 1914. A new time capsule was buried under the portico from the old building in the Memorial Garden. It contains items contributed from Garston Historical Society, including books and pictures detailing information on the history of Garston. Pupils at Sudley Junior School have collected memories and information relating to their past, present and future that were buried in the new site. Liverpool-based arts organisation Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) has worked with local groups to develop public artwork for the Treatment Centre, which are displayed in the waiting space, atrium and courtyard. FACT were involved in designing the courtyard garden, which includes plants from Liverpool’s historic Botanical Collection, and have also helped a number of local groups to develop three films which are on show inside the building. The NHS Treatment Centre is an important health care facility and we also want it to be a really useful asset for the community, so meeting rooms and communal areas are available for bookings for community groups.

Partnership Working

Graham Pink, Chief Executive Officer of Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnership, stated “We are delighted to achieve Financial Close on our third tranche of schemes. It marks another milestone in the life of Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnership. More importantly is a further step forward in the improvement and enhancement of healthcare facilities across Liverpool. These significant developments in Garston, Speke and Oriel Drive will deliver first class healthcare facilities into the heart of people’s communities.”


John Garrett, Liverpool PCT Director of a New Health Service for Liverpool and NHS LIFT stated “The completion of the Financial Close 3 demonstrates the achievement of an exciting milestone in Liverpool PCT’s implementation of ‘A New Health Service for Liverpool – Improving Care Outside of Hospital’.


The construction projects involved encompassed the three key elements of the PCTs strategy – Improvements in facilities at a general practice level, the creation of new neighbourhood facilities and finally the provision of an NHS Treatment Centre for the South of the City. The completion of these projects enabled the PCT to take significant steps towards delivering a wider range of enhanced services to the populations served by these new facilities.

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South Liverpool Treatment Centre Case Study
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