Bulldozers are pulling down the site that housed hospital for almost a century
The demolition of the old Alder Hey Hospital is well underway after bulldozers moved in to tear down the site.
Footage shows contractors bringing down the buildings which housed the hospital for almost a century, before the new Alder Hey in the Park opened.
The site will be covered with green space to replace the large chunk of Springfield Park which the new hospital was built on.
There had been an outcry after residents feared they would lose more of the park under health bosses’ plans to build 400 homes in the area.
But Alder Hey bosses said not only were the houses planned for the old hospital site rather than parkland, but said they had always planned to create new green space too.
They say Springfield Park will as big as before, covering at least nine hectares, once the demolition of the old hospital is completed.
Alder Hey had said in late December that a patch of former brownfield land to the north of the park would be sold to a developer who could build up to 400 homes, with a mixture of houses and apartments.
But their housing plans were abandoned in January after local opposition including from Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson, though they are expected to come up with a new scheme.
A statement on their website admits there was “significant confusion” because plans for the park and the homes were submitted separately, “so it was difficult to envisage the overall scheme”.
Demolition work on the old hospital began on Eaton Road before moving onto buildings along Alder Road, with the first phase expected to finish this October.
Contractors John Beech Ltd will then demolish the remaining buildings alongside the new hospital in a second phase, which will only be completed by 2019.
Alder Hey trust bosses say they are making every effort to reduce disruption including noise, dust and traffic caused by the demolition programme.