A new multi-storey park and ride developed by Prime is now in operation at Adanac Health & Innovation Campus in Southampton, serving staff at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS).
Adanac is Southampton’s campus for health, innovation and commercial occupiers. The park and ride will act as the gateway to a diverse range of new buildings that will offer UHS and other healthcare organisations space for new clinical facilities, training centres and administrative functions. This includes a new Sterile Services and Aseptic facility and a drive-thru Costa Coffee, also being developed in partnership with Prime, to benefit hospital staff using the park and ride.
All staff are eligible to apply to park at the facility at a cost of £2.50 per month. The car park is open between 6:30am and 10:00pm daily and the dedicated bus service runs every 10-15 minutes during peak hours. Travel time between the car park and the hospital site is approximately 10 minutes (2.5 miles). Discussions are ongoing with Southampton City Council over the opportunity for weekend operations of the facility for public use for travel into Southampton.
The 1,000-space car park was constructed by HUBER Car Park Systems UK. With green modes of transport being a priority, 30 EV charging points were installed as part of the build and infrastructure for a further 70 that can be added in the future.
Southampton City Council, in partnership with Balfour Beatty Living Places, have delivered two road improvement schemes to support the new park and ride – the layout of the Frogmore Lane / Brownhill Way junction immediately to the southeast of the facility was simplified to reduce delays and increase capacity, as well as reducing bus journey times. Improvements were also carried out at the Coxford Road / Lord’s Hill Way junction introducing a new rapid bus lane to improve bus journey times. Both schemes were funded by the Department for Transport’s Transforming Cities Fund.
Ewan Forsyth, Development Director at Prime, said: “We are delighted to see the Adanac Park and Ride in operation. This is the culmination of over five years of activity for the Prime team.
“This car park represents an important gateway into both Test Valley and Southampton areas and therefore it was imperative that the building makes a strong and positive impact in its design and setting.”
David French, chief executive officer at UHS, said: “Our staff have been closely involved in design for this service and we know just how important it is for us to provide travel solutions that are both cost effective and reliable.
“The new multi-storey is the first of many really exciting opportunities for us at the Adanac Health & Innovation Campus, as we continue to grow as an organisation and work to improve the experiences of our staff.”