FINAL plans for a new Alder Hey hospital have been lodged with Liverpool council.
The ECHO and the hospital fought a campaign to stop it being moved out of Liverpool.
Now planning officers are considering an application for a new hospital, plus helipad, on Springfield park, West Derby.
The £350m plans, handed to Liverpool council today, involve a new hospital being built in the south east corner of Springfield park, which runs next to Eaton Road and East Prescot Road.
It will include modern wards, single rooms and clinics located closer together.
Modern out-patient facilities and x-ray facilities also form part of the proposals.
Terry Windle, Alder Hey director of strategic planning, said: "It is excellent news today that things are moving along. This is akey part of the development of our business.
"The new build will bring departments closer together which will be beneficial for everyone.
"We also expect the helipad to be of particular benefit to our patients and their families.
"We very often have sick children coming in to us from all over the country and from the Isle of Man, who need treatment quickly. The helipad will be a greathelp in these cases."
The building of the new hospital is expected to start at the end of 2008 and it is due to be completed by 2013.
The existing hospital, which dates back to 1911, will then be knocked down and the land returned to the public.
Mr Windle added: "It is effectively a land swop, ensuring public space is retained.
"A full, formal public consultation will take place in the autumn. We want to ensure we have the views of everyone."
The plans also include a multi-storey car park, gardens and landscaping, including a landscaped pedestrian walkway.
The multi-million pound re-build of Alder Hey is part of a £1bn plan which also includes the £500m reconstruction of the Royal hospital.