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Yeovil District Hospital

How solving a twenty-year parking problem unlocked their strategic vision

In delivering this gateway project, Prime didn’t just solve a twenty-year parking problem, we helped Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust get another step closer to their strategic vision of an integrated health and social care campus.

Utilising Prime’s development expertise, Prime helped the Trust to achieve an affordable, sustainable outcome that delivered benefits to both patients and staff while finding solutions that reduce inconvenience to local residents.

The access and parking project is something that we have wanted to do for some time and it will undoubtedly have a huge positive impact on patients, staff and visitors to the hospital.”

Paul Mears, Chief Executive at Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
The £15.2m multi-storey car park at Yeovil District Hospital is one of a number of successful projects delivered through the Trust’s Strategic Estates Partnership with Prime. It epitomizes Prime’s ability to deliver cost-efficient solutions, identify investment opportunities and progress a scheme rapidly.

The gateway project improves parking and access for staff and patients thanks to its convenient location adjacent to the main hospital entrance. Benefitting from the expertise of its private sector partner, the Trust had the capability and capacity to progress the scheme quickly – resulting in the creation of 653 spaces to accommodate increased visitor numbers.

Our development expertise enabled us to deliver creative solutions that reduced the project costs and better-utilised space within the site. This included a Vertical Circulation Module layout system to work with the challenging topography and remove the need for costly excavation work. The scheme also provides additional land on the site for the development of clinical facilities to help the Trust meet the demands of a growing and ageing population. With a keen eye on improving long term accessibility, we worked on plans for a new road to link Higher Kingston and the A37 into the car park scheme. The new one-way system across the hospital ensures that vehicles can easily access and exit the site, without causing inconvenience to local residents.

Driven by the Trust’s masterplan and the need to deliver affordable, high-quality facilities that improve the patient experience, Prime focused on providing a funding and contract structure that ensures ownership and management of the car park stay with the Trust. With our commercial expertise, the Trust was able to access an innovative funding solution that has ensured income and profit from the scheme are reinvested directly into frontline services.

Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust