WORK is complete on the antidote to one of Sunderland’s worst parking black spots.
After months of construction, the new £6.1million multi-storey car park at Sunderland Royal Hospital has opened to the public.
It’s hoped the 766 parking spaces, including 28 disabled bays, will help to ease the parking problems which have plagued the hospital and surrounding streets.
Ken Bremner, City Hospitals Sunderland chief executive, said: “The new facility provides invaluable additional parking on site, bringing the total number of car parking spaces to 1,700.
“The car park was a crucial element in an improved traffic management system for the trust, and confirms our continuing priority to ensuring easy access to our services for patients and their families.”
The grounds around the facility have also been landscaped. City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust appointed VINCI Construction UK to design and build the facility.
Keith Shivers, regional director for VINCI Construction UK, said: “The car park was essential to accommodate the significant number of visitors they have on a daily basis.
“We are justifiably proud of our reputation as one of the UK’s leading car park contractors, and this hugely-impressive facility is further testimony to this.
“We worked closely with the client on this contract – our joint objective was to fundamentally enhance patient care and to create a safe, comfortable visit.”