Car park nearly finished
NHS chiefs say facility to open soon with space for 1,000 vehicles
A long-awaited £10million car park project at the north-east’s flagship hospital is nearing completion with NHS bosses confirming they hope to open it “soon”.
Work began on the multistorey car park at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary last year after generous funding from oil industry boss Sir Ian and Lady Helen Wood’s charity, the Wood Foundation.
The £10.73million facility will be able to accommodate 1,000 vehicles once completed, as an antidote to long-standing complaints about parking at the site from hospital users.
Last year, there were just 748 parking spaces despite the hospital receiving 5,000 visits every day.
Paul Allen, the general manager of facilities and estates said last night that the project was advancing quickly with only interior works to the multistorey left to be finished.
He added: “I am pleased to report the cladding and concourse works at the multistorey car park are complete.
“Internal work is continuing and we hope to have this facility open to the public soon.
“We are very grateful to all our visitors, patients and staff who have coped with the disruption of building works over recent months.
“We are also indebted to The Wood Foundation for the generous funding which made this project possible.”
Aberdeen South MP Ross Thomson welcomed the progress, saying that he was sure hospital users would see a “great benefit” from the new facility. He said: “Firstly, I’d say that we have to really thank Sir Ian Wood for his very generous donation which has made possible this fantastic project. I know it will be of great benefit, not just to people in Aberdeen, but around the wider region.
“During my time as a councillor and MSP, parking at the hospital was an issue which was raised often by constituents.”