New patient / visitor parking and opening of travel center mark start of £ 150million Luton and Dunstable hospital redevelopment
A new patient / visitor car park and travel center at Luton & Dunstable Hospital officially opened earlier today (May 19) – and is the first phase of a £ 150million redevelopment program on five years.
Simon Linnett and David Carter, chairman and managing director of Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust respectively, were joined by Luton Council leader Hazel Simmons for the launch.
The car park will provide 278 parking spaces, with the new layout greatly improving access and reducing congestion on Lewsey Road.
The staff movement center includes secure bicycle storage and showers to encourage employees to run and cycle to, from and during work.
Mr Carter said: “We are delighted to officially open this much-needed parking lot and travel center, which will provide convenient access for our patients and visitors, as well as excellent facilities for our colleagues.
“It’s very exciting because it marks the start of a complete transformation of the hospital that will take place in the years to come. Improvements to our emergency department are already underway, and should be completed next year, and next year, we will start building our new acute services block.
“It will transform our motherhood, our theaters, our intensive care and our newborn services. Our new facility will be state-of-the-art – and an inspiring place for our colleagues to provide exceptional patient care.
Mr Linnett added, “We are delighted to provide such a convenient facility – right across from the main entrance, which we know will make life easier for patients, caregivers and loved ones.
“In addition, I am also particularly satisfied with the facilities for the staff. I am passionate about how we can improve our sustainability, so facilities that help coworkers walk, run or cycle to work are welcome.
“It’s also great for their mental health and well-being to help them develop more activity in their life, so that’s also positive.”
David Hartshorne, Director of Redevelopment, said: “Our redevelopment project will see much of the site transformed over the next several years, to the great benefit of patients and staff.
“But it will take time and sometimes inconvenience while we get there. We hope our patients and visitors will support us.
“I encourage people to continue to monitor our progress and be aware that there may be some disruption, for which we apologize, as we make these improvements.”
He added: “I would like to thank the project team for their work. I would like to thank our Lewsey Road neighbors for their support and understanding, as well as the Council for all their support.
Cllr Simmons has been commissioned to officially cut the ribbon. She said: “I am delighted to be able to officially open this facility. I know this will be of huge benefit to patients, caregivers and loved ones, as well as the staff working here at L&D.
“Making the hospital accessible to our entire community is very important, so I am delighted to be here to represent the board at this important stage of the redevelopment. I look forward to further improvements to come. “
The entire car park project cost a total of £ 5million and was delivered by specialist firm Huber. The superstructure of the main car park uses a modular steel structure, which means that the whole project only lasted six months.