Widnes-based builder Whitfield & Brown (Developments) has been appointed to refurbish the physiotherapy ward at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool.
The £400,000 project designed by Mersey Design Partnership is supported by The AF Foundation, a children's charity set up by Andrew and Rachael Flintoff that raises funds to build, develop and improve child rehabilitation and physiotherapy units throughout the UK.
The ward will be stripped out and modernised with glazed floor-to-ceiling partitions to create a clear view of the ward, optimise daylight whilst segregating the area to reduce noise for the patients. There will be six beds, relaxation bays, treatment rooms, a quiet room, two physiotherapy areas with gyms, a new reception and waiting area. The work will last for 23 weeks and is due to be completed in late October.
All apparatus is being donated and once all the construction work is complete a mural will be painted on the walls to make the ward welcoming to the children.
Whitfield & Brown specialises in education and social housing work and is on framework agreements with the University of Manchester, University of Liverpool, Chester & District Housing and Knowsley Housing Trust.