Patients and visitors to one of Glasgow's busiest hospitals will find parking much easier with the opening of a new multi-million pound car park.
Glasgow Royal Infirmary's new car park opens today (4th August 2005), for patients, staff and visitors.
And the £7.5 million PFI project is also already in line for a safe car parking award by the National Secure Car Parks organisation.
Prior to the new facility opening, both staff and visitors have been forced to seek spaces in surrounding roads.
The ultra modern, architecturally-designed, building over six levels, addresses these problems with over 1000 spaces, including a total of 40 disabled spaces-20 for staff and 20 public use.
In total, the number of spaces available to the public and staff rises to over 1400 because of extra car parking areas which have been created on site.
The new car park is equipped with a range of safety features, including CCTV, special lighting, and marked pedestrian walkways.
Staff from Apcoa, the company managing the car park for owners Impregilo Car Parking Glasgow Limited, are on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Not only does this provide round the clock monitoring of security cameras, with coverage recorded, but Apcoa employees will also escort staff if requested, to and from the car park to the hospital, particularly at night.
The top two storeys of the new building have been designated for hospital staff, and around 950 permits have been issued following a comprehensive consultation process involving managers and trades union representatives.
Amongst the key considerations for allocating permits is whether staff are carers for sick children or relatives and may have to return home quickly in an emergency.
Other criteria include registered disabled; staff required to move between sites and community based staff.
Tom Divers, Chief Executive, NHS Greater Glasgow, welcomed the new facility.He said: "Not only does the car park address long standing parking problems experienced by both staff and visitors, but the comprehensive security features which have been incorporated into the design should also reassure everyone who uses the facility."
Mike Folkard, Director of Impregilo Parking Glasgow Limited, said: "This is going to be a tremendous facility for Glasgow Royal Infirmary, bearing in mind the difficulties with car parking which we have been made aware of.
"As of today this new facility should alleviate the pressure and difficulty of car parking at the hospital.
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