Work on a £40 million redevelopment scheme at Sheffield Children’s Hospital is set to begin in earnest within weeks - but bosses have warned there will be no parking spaces at the site for a full year.
The hospital is preparing for a big revamp, bringing improved facilities including a new outpatients department, more modern wards and a new main reception area.
Sheffield University’s new multi-storey car park on the corner of Clarkson Street and Glossop Road, opposite the hospital, is also due for completion by the end of next year.
But the upheaval means there will be no space for people to leave their cars at the children’s hospital for around a year from January 14, with access limited to picking-up and dropping-off patients or staff.
John Reid, director of nursing and clinical operations, admitted the lack of parking would be ‘awkward’ - but said the redevelopment would eventually offer ‘exceptional facilities’, including increased space for cars.
“Parking is currently a problematic issue for visitors and staff so we have worked hard to resolve this issue in our plans for the redevelopment of the hospital,” said Mr Reid.
“In the short term it will be awkward, but the hospital is well served by public transport. I would ask patients, families and staff to bear with us as we carry out this vital work to increase car park capacity.”
As well as buses which stop outside the hospital, such as the 51 and 52, a park-and-ride scheme is being laid on at Q-Park on Castlegate in the city centre, starting on January 13.
Hospital visitors will receive discounted parking rates at Q-Park, and a free shuttle bus will run every 30 minutes from 8am to 6pm, which passengers can board by showing the driver their appointment letter.
The parking bays outside A&E will still be in use, and at least 10 disabled parking spaces will be available.
Next month the hospital’s ‘white house’ building on Clarkson Street, which used to house the HR and IT departments, will be knocked down. Portable buildings in the main car park are also being removed, making way for excavation work to create an underground car park.
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