Work to expand the car parking facilities at Hinchingbrooke Hospital has been completed, following recent redevelopment works.
Construction of a new operating theatres block between the main hospital and the Treatment Centre has meant that around 220 car parking spaces at the rear of the site, primarily used by staff, were going to be lost. However these have all been re-provided around the site via extensions to other staff parking areas. Additional spaces have also been created at the front of the hospital site for patients, relatives and staff, which includes a new car park at the front of the main hospital which has 12 spaces for disabled drivers.
Hinchingbrooke Hospital is located close to park facilities and while some trees were cut down to accommodate the additional spaces, 48 new trees have been planted, including lime, cherry and crab apple trees. Some of the larger trees on site have also been coppiced to keep them maintained and healthy and new webbing has been installed on the ground to ensure that the trees in the surrounding areas remain protected.
Chris Howard, RAAC Senior Project Lead, for Hinchingbrooke Hospital, said: “We are really pleased with the overall result of the new car parking spaces. There is still some work which is being finished over the next few weeks, including additional lighting and line painting, but we have tried to ensure that our staff, patients and visitors have the much-needed spaces to park in, whilst balancing this with the nature that we have around our hospital site.
“We have also created a specific area for disabled parking, which is much closer to our main hospital building and will mean that anyone who requires one of these spaces has a reduced distance between their car and our front door.”