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Hospital Parking – No Easy Answers But There Are Options

Hospital parking is one of the thorniest issues. The press is full of stories covering everything from staff and visitors being charged what they believe are unfair amounts, to nearby residential areas being plagued (as they see it) by staff and visitors parking on streets close to hospitals.

In other places, the complaint is that hospital parking is so convenient that people use it while they nip into the shops. Hospital parking is a common problem, but it’s rarely exactly the same problem.

The end of the Covid-19 emergency will undoubtedly see the issue hitting the news as trusts are once again able to charge for staff parking.

Is There an Answer?

Once you get into the complexity, it’s clear that there are no simple answers that will make all the problems disappear. As is often the case, the answer to complexity lies in flexibility – solutions that can be implemented cost-effectively and quickly in a variety of ways to suit specific needs.

Often, solutions involve additional parking capacity. This provides more parking options for staff and visitors and also creates more revenue-earning spaces to offset overheads. Potentially, added revenue could supplement the care budget. In 2018/19, NHS England collected over £270m from parking charges.

Where is the Development Land?

If capacity is at the root of some of the problems, then what’s the best way forward? After all, land for new hospital car parks isn’t readily available. Or is it?

On many sites capacity could be expanded quickly by adding one or two parking decks to an existing surface-level car park. This approach can also release land for new hospital facilities.

The modular parking system developed by Osborne and Siderpark doesn’t promise to eliminate every hospital’s parking issues. But it’s a rapid and convenient way to increase capacity to meet demand. More spaces may also allow the unit cost of parking to be reduced.

The system needs no foundations to be dug and can be installed in a matter of weeks. This means it could be a temporary or portable solution as part of a wider redevelopment programme or semi-permanent (the design life is fifty years). It’s also a turnkey offer that includes design, delivery and commissioning to minimise the impact on your resources.

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