New multi-storey car park opens at Hertfordshire hospital
PUBLISHED: 06:28 02 September 2011
VISITORS to a Hertfordshire hospital will be able to make use of a new multi-storey car park, which officially opens today (Friday).
The £7.9m facility at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage has nearly 500 parking spaces for public use, including 63 for blue badge holders.
There are also a further 168 staff parking spaces set aside in the car park’s 11 levels.
One important new feature of parking is the pay-on-exit system, which means people are only charged for the time they actually use.
The first 15 minutes for drop-offs or pick-ups is free, while charges start at £2.30 for one hour up to £7.10 for a 24-hour stay.
The car park is internally linked to the main hospital building, while there are CCTV cameras and a 24-hour parking office for added security.
It also features an environmentally-friendly green wall, a silent turbine which generates 10 per cent of the car park’s electricity needs, and a green plaza created beside the car park.
Nick Carver, chief executive of the East and North Herts NHS Trust, said problems with parking at the Lister had been one of the “most frequent” issues raised by people.
He added: “I am delighted that the new car park has been built to schedule and budget.”
Work on the facility began in September last year. It was constructed and will be run by specialist parking firm VINCI Park, the trust’s private sector partner.
The car park is phase three of four stages which are transforming the Lister into the area’s major hospital, at the expense of the QE2 in Welwyn Garden City.
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