Construction is underway on a new multi-storey car park at University Hospital Southampton. The £17.5m accessibility and parking scheme will make the site more user-friendly for the many thousands of patients, visitors and staff who visit the hospital every day, as well as preparing the site for future increases in patient numbers and the development of new clinical facilities.
Using its Commercial Estates Development Partnership, the Trust was able to develop a parking and access solution for an existing surface level car park, which would increase capacity and complement the wider estate masterplan.
Interserve Prime worked with the Trust on plans for a seven storey car park, which would provide 778 spaces to meet current and forecasted demand. Private funding was secured to meet the development costs of the project on terms which ensured that operational control of the car park and any income from car parking stayed with the Trust.
As part of the wider scheme, Interserve Prime also advised on the reconfiguration of other surface level car parks on the hospital site to increase the number of patient and visitor spaces, as well as the installation of real-time parking information to help direct drivers to available spaces and avoid congestion and unnecessary queues.
- Increased parking capacity as part of a wider strategic masterplan for the hospital – Interserve Prime used its property expertise to advise on the best way to maximise parking space to provide additional capacity in an island site where there is no room for outward expansion. The decisions made reflect both the future demand for parking on the site and the long term strategy to introduce new facilities onto the estate.
- Consolidation of space across the site frees up land for redevelopment – Interserve Prime used the multi-storey car park scheme to consolidate the hospital’s surface car parking, which has unlocked the site and freed up land for future clinical developments, including the introduction of new radiotherapy and LINAC facilities.
- Trust retains operational control and income from parking – the contract Interserve Prime has agreed with private investors to fund the car park development ensures that the asset and operational control of the car park stays with the Trust. This means that the Trust can retain the income generated by parking, which can then be reinvested in frontline patient services.
While NHS Trusts rightly invest their capital in clinical services, non-clinical elements such as easy access and car parking are fundamental to the patient experience.
Leighton Chumbley Director, Interserve Prime