WORK on a £5million multi-storey car park at Sunderland Royal Hospital – which will boost the number of spaces by 40 per cent – will begin in the New Year.
Sunderland City council has contracted Vinci Construction to work on the three-storey building near the hospital’s Kayll Road entrance.
Once complete, next September, it will provide 400 extra spaces, making a total across the site of 1,670.
Vinci regional director Keith Shivers said: “Sunderland Royal Hospital is an extremely busy hospital with a great deal of foot traffic passing through the doors on a daily basis.
“We are proud to be working with the trust to create a more spacious parking facility to accommodate their visitors.”
During the eight-month build, as most of the parking spaces in the existing Kayll Road carpark will be lost.
Hospital bosses say signage will point drivers to alternative parking areas and there will be a free park and ride service,
A Sunderland City Hospitals spokesman said: “While it is inevitable that some disruption will be experienced, the trust will do all it can to ensure there is minimal inconvenience to patients and visitors.
“While this will clearly help those who must access the hospital by car, we will continue to pursue our travel strategy of achieving reduced car usage, by offering incentives to cycle, use public transport and car share,”
The new building will have easy charging ports for electric vehicles and a manned security patrol.