Work on £10.73m Aberdeen hospital car park on course for completion

Construction of a new £10.73 million multi-storey car park at an Aberdeen hospital is nearing completion.

Panels are now being attached to the outside of the car park at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI) as the work is progressing.

The car park remains on schedule to be finished in September.

Paul Allen, NHS Grampian general manager for facilities and estates, said: “Work is progressing around the building of the new multi-storey car park with external panels now being installed.

“The official handover is planned for around three months time, in early September. Once complete, the car park should make a real difference to patients.

“We are grateful to Wood Foundation for their generous support which has enabled us to take this project forward.”

Construction began in October last year on the site.

And once built, the £10.73m visitors’ facility will be able to accommodate 1,000 vehicles.

The ARI development has been funded by Sir Ian and Lady Helen Wood’s charity, the Wood Foundation.

Councillor Tom Mason, who represents the area, said: “The residents of Rosemount and Midstocket will welcome the completion of the car park as soon as possible to relieve the pressure on the surrounding area.

“People need their cars to get to the hospital, so the more car parking that’s available the better, and keeping the car parking contained within the hospital area will relieve the pressure on the surrounding area.

“Like all buildings of that nature, it’s not particularly beautiful, but if we keep it at a reasonable cost, that’s what we have to bear.”

Meanwhile, work is also progressing on the £7.6m Foresterhill Health Centre.

The facility will house two GP practices – Elmbank Group Practice and Westburn Medical Group – and will serve more than 15,000 patients with more than 1,000 appointments a week.

The three-storey health centre is on course for completion in mid 2018.