Multi-storey car park for city hos­pi­tal al­most ready

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - NEWS -

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 multi-storey 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 multi-storey left to be fin­ished.

He added: “I am pleased to re­port the cladding and con­course works at the multi-storey 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.”

“£10.73mil­lion fa­cil­ity will be able to ac­com­mo­date 1,000 ve­hi­cles”

In­te­rior work on the car park is near­ing com­ple­tion

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