Construction work has started and will be completed in 2022.
The new car park aims to enhance the overall experience for staff, patients and visitors accessing the hospital, as well as improving vital access for emergency vehicles and public transport.
The development will increase parking capacity for patients and visitors at the front of the hospital. The main entry and exit point for the new car park will be onto Clifford Bridge Road via the existing routes.
The car park is being delivered by University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust’s development partner Prime and construction company Montel Civil Engineering.
Will Bilbrough, Development Director, Prime said: “We are delighted that the plans have been approved and that work can now begin on this much-needed car park for the University Hospital Coventry. We worked closely with the Trust and Coventry City Council throughout the planning process to overcome the challenges involved in developing a site of this nature.”
Professor Andy Hardy, Chief Executive Officer, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust said: “We are extremely grateful to Coventry City Council for listening to the views of our patients and staff. This new car park will hopefully transform the experience for our patients, visitors and staff.
“This development will allow us to offer additional secure car parking to our dedicated and deserving staff, who work around the clock to care for patients.
“Car parking has historically been one of the biggest issues we face as a Trust. I’m excited that we will soon be able to improve everybody’s overall experience.”
The new car park will include 34 active Electric Vehicle charging spaces and 46 passive charging spaces, 34 motorcycle parking spaces and 160 bicycle parking spaces. It will be accessed via the main hospital entrance off Clifford Bridge Road.
Frequently asked questions
Why is it needed?
Difficulty parking at the hospital has had a significant impact on the experience of patients, staff and visitors for some time. A lack of available parking spaces has caused an increase of cars parking in local residential streets. It creates congestion across the site as people wait for spaces to become available which causes stress and has the potential to delay emergency vehicles trying to enter the site. Furthermore, difficulty parking has the potential to make patients late for appointments, affecting the efficiency of clinics. If an appointment is missed altogether it costs the NHS £120.
Who is the car park for?
The car park will be exclusively for the use of staff with parking permits. Once the new staff car park is open some of the existing car parks on the main hospital site will be reconfigured to provide more spaces for use by patients and visitors.
How many spaces will it have?
The new car park will provide a total of 1,600 parking spaces, including 34 active Electric Vehicle charging spaces (with the ability to expand by a further 46), 34 motorcycle parking spaces and 160 bicycle parking spaces.
How will cars access and exit the site?
All staff will reach the car park by entering the hospital site via Clifford Bridge Road.
I live very close to the site, will this increase traffic on my road?
All traffic that will be using the car park already exists at the hospital. Additional spaces will alleviate current parking issues, moving traffic through the site at greater speed and easing congestion on Clifford Bridge Road. There is no access to the car park from Farber Road. and therefore no additional journeys will be made in residential roads to the north of the car park.
I thought the plan was for there to be an exit on to Farber Road, what happened?
In early versions of the plans the project team did explore the option of creating a time controlled exit from the car park on to Farber Road. Following consultation with the local community and having sought further advice from council planners and the Highways Authority, the Farber Road exit was removed and all traffic will enter and exit the car park via Clifford Bridge Road and around the south east perimeter of the hospital campus.
Why aren’t you building a multi-storey car park?
A multi-storey car park of sufficient height could not be built on the site of the new staff car park as it would interfere with the flight path for emergency helicopters. It is not possible to build a multi-storey car park on one of surface car parks on the main hospital campus as the hospital would not cope with losing car parking spaces during the build period. In addition, the cost of building a multi-storey car park was not viable.
Will people be able to walk from Farber Road into the hospital site via the new car park?
No. The car park will be surrounded by high fencing with no entry points. There will be no access on foot for staff, patients or visitors from Farber Road.
Will people be using Farber Road for “kiss and drop” journeys?
No. As the car park cannot be accessed on foot from Farber Road there will be no increase in people using the local area as a drop off point.
How is this project being funded?
The car park is being funded through private investment, not by the NHS. The hospital will use the money paid by permit holders to lease the car park from the investor. Therefore, money and resources are not being taken away from patient care.
Who will be managing the car park?
The car park will be managed by the Trust utilising its existing service provider (ISS), which is providing facilities management for the existing car parks at UHCW.
I live very close to the site – will the light from the car park affect me?
We will design, specify and install light fittings to ensure that the risk of light spill is mitigated. This will be achieved by using units specifically designed and installed for this purpose. Existing boundary trees will also be retained creating a visual barrier between the site and neighbouring homes.
Will you stop staff parking in the streets?
We are doing all we can to improve capacity on site so people can park at the hospital or use alternative modes of transport, rather than park in the surrounding streets.
You said the car park will have 1,600 spaces. Is this going to be enough, or will you build more car parks in the future?
The new staff car park, when combined with the current available spaces, will meet the existing needs of the hospital. Once the remaining spaces have been reconfigured and improvements have been made to access routes, traffic flow on site will be bettered. Of course, healthcare continues to evolve and the Trust will continue to monitor its parking requirements.
Will visitor parking charges rise as a result of these improvements?
Visitor parking charges are not linked to the new staff car park. The new car park is being funded via private investment, not by the NHS or by raising visitor charges.
Why do staff have to pay to park?
Unfortunately, the Trust cannot afford to provide free parking. Staff pay for a permit in order to park on the hospital campus. This payment ensures all the costs of running the car parks are met, so NHS funds are not drawn away from clinical services and patient care.
Does the site flood?
The car park drainage system and attenuation basin will help mitigate flood risk and we have flood telemetry systems on the two watercourses to monitor water levels. Should levels reach a pre-set depth of water, the system will raise an alarm with the Trust who will then implement its Flood Plan.
In addition, we have flood barriers, appropriate flood risk warning signage and marker boards. The car park is zoned in three distinct tiers of risk. All of these measures are designed to manage flooding risks in line with the Flood Plan.
How long will it take to build the car park?
Construction work began in November 2020 and is expected to take around 14 months.
What hours will people work and which days of the week?
It is anticipated that the site team will be at work Monday – Friday from 7.30am to 6pm.
Is it likely to be a very noisy build?
The noise levels on the compaction equipment used by our surfacing contractors is extremely low due to them having the latest technologically advanced equipment. The site is sufficiently far away from the hospital building and local homes that noise impact should be minimal.
Where would construction traffic access the site?
Temporary construction access will be via the exiting gate on Farber Road.
Where will the construction workers park their vehicles – will it be on the surrounding streets?
The site is sufficiently large to house all construction traffic. Parking for construction workers and vehicles will be within the confines of the site in a secure, gated location.
Will there be any floodlighting used overhead during construction?
No, our surfacing contractors use the very latest light technology on their equipment which only lights up the areas in and around the machines.
All the dust and noise from the construction work is going to be very disruptive – is there anything you are doing about that?
Noise, dust and vibration will be closely monitored and managed so that these remain within acceptable levels.
Where can I get updates on the progress of the project?
You can find out how the project is progressing by visiting https://montelcivilengineering.co.uk/portfolio/UHCW