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University Hospital Southampton access and parking scheme

A strategic solution to hospital access to improve wellbeing

Difficulty parking, and accessing a busy hospital site adds unnecessary stress, anxiety and time-wastage to staff, patients, students and visitors, negatively impacting their wellbeing before they even pass through the hospital doors.

With 10,000 people accessing the hospital on an average weekday, University Hospital Southampton (UHS) utilised Prime’s experience to alleviate this negative impact on the patient experience and unlock the site to free up land for future clinical developments.

Prime’s joint venture with UHS, working in a Strategic Estates Partnership, has been pivotal in improving the patient journey at the site. The £17.5m accessibility and parking scheme has not only solved an immediate challenge for the estate, but with Prime’s involvement has helped to future-proofed the site for further demand and development.

In addition to creating a more user-friendly experience for patients, staff and visitors, the project team considered the future needs of the estate to find solutions to address rising patient numbers and the development of additional clinical facilities.

Prior to the development, the site faced a number of challenges regarding parking that lead to tensions between visitors and local residents. Being situated in a dense residential area, there was little opportunity for hospital traffic to park legally.

Prime worked with the Trust to unlock their estate challenges, leading to the development of a seven-storey car park on a former surface level car park site. The new car park provides 778 spaces to meet current and forecasted demand for onsite parking at the hospital. To minimise the impact of the build on the surrounding residential area, the new multi-storey car park has a tiered design to set it back from neighbouring properties, while the configuration of the car park ensures that traffic flow in and out is split between the north and south site entrances to relieve congestion at peak times.

To enable the Trust to retain operational control and income from parking Prime negotiated a contract with private investors – ensuring the income generated can be reinvested back into vital frontline patient services.

The completion of this successful project has allowed University Hospital Southampton to better match the experience of visiting its world-leading facilities to the high expectations of patients, visitors and staff.

Tremona Road
University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust