The new stand-alone Royal Melbourne Children’s Hospital at the 280 acre Royal Park. “Parkland provides one of the most powerful forces in lifting a child’s spirits and aiding recovery and the new hospital will be flanked byopen space on three sides.” Steve Bracks, Premier of the State of Victoria, Australia, announcing the site for the new Royal Melbourne Children’s Hospital (opened 2011)
The new stand-alone Alder Hey children’s hospital on the 24 acre Springfield Park in Liverpool -” rebranded as ‘Alder Hey in the Park’ …the parkland will be used creatively as an integral part of the ‘clinical space’, to deliver rehabilitation to our patients”. – opening shortly, 2015.
By contrast the proposed, site-constrained, new National Children’s Hospital at St. James’s will have no ground level gardens. Its ” roof top” garden is in a central well, being on the roof of the 4th floor of the hospital, completely surrounded by a further three storeys of the hospital.