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The multi-storey car park will free up land on the hospital, giving us the space we need on our site to expand our Emergency Department (ED), Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and create an Integrated Care Hub.

It is being funded through our DCH Estates Partnership with Prime and not by the NHS. Therefore, money and resources are not being taken away from patient care and the car park will enable the masterplan to be achieved without impacting on the hospital and its services.

The 650-space car park will include:

•           a dedicated disabled parking area

•           12 electric vehicle charge points 

•           drop-off area

It will also help reduce the number of people parking on local roads and reduce the number of no-shows and late arrivals due to no parking.

Social value

Dorset County Hospital commits to maximising the positive social value impact we have on our local communities by contributing to improving the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of the local population. The multi-storey car park project is supporting the local economy, as our contractors are employing local people and using local suppliers wherever possible.

Biodiversity

The site will include bee blocks built into the gabion walls, native shrub planting, a wildflower lawn and bird boxes. The south and east elevations of the car park will include climbing plants of various species to add to the project's biodiversity.

Multi-storey car park artwork

Local people were invited to choose the images which will be used as artwork on the sides of our new multi-storey car park. The metal facades will be added to three sides of the building and feature images of local landscapes and landmarks, a theme chosen by hospital staff to illustrate the hospital's catchment area.

The top three choices were photos of Portland Bill, Durdle Door and Corfe Castle which will be used to create images on perforated metal panels to cover elevations of the multi-storey car park.

 The multi-storey car park is due to be finished in summer 2022.

Construction update - November 2021

Contractors are currently installing the stairwells that will be at either side of the car park. The first is at the Damers Road end of the car park. The second stair is directly in front of the hospital and is wider than the first, as it will have double the amount of lifts. Work has also begun on the steel frame.

As the steel frame takes shape, the construction of the floor slabs can begin. Once all the structural elements are complete, the ‘fit-out’ phase of works will begin, including the perforated artwork façade, featuring pictures of Corfe Castle, Durdle Door, and Portland Bill Lighthouse, as chosen by the local community. Electrical installation, including electrical vehicle charging points, fire alarm systems, and lift systems, will conclude the fit-out stage. The car park is on track to be completed by summer 2022.

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