Project: Foresterhill Transport Hub
Client: NHS Grampian
PSCP: Balfour Beatty
PSC Cost Advisor: Gardiner & Theobald
Value: £10m
Delivery Model: Frameworks Scotland 2

Car parking at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary is currently provided mainly in two large adjacent surface car parks located off of Foresterhill Road. As patient and visitor numbers continue to increase at the hospital the car parking has been strained and a practical solution was required.

Therefore, in August 2015 NHS Grampian appointed Balfour Beatty as Principal Supply Chain Partner (PSCP) for the Foresterhill Transport Hub Project. The project, funded by a charitable donation of £10million from The Wood Foundation, will facilitate the design and construction of a multi-storey car park for patients and visitors at the heart of the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary campus. Its provision will address the existing shortfall in car parking and will incorporate sustainable measures such as cycle parking, electric vehicle charging points and dedicated spaces.

Balfour Beatty’s design partners, civil and structural engineers Fairhurst and JM architects are currently finalising all aspects of the design which will consist of a 1,000 space car park built over six or seven levels. Gardiner & Theobald will monitor all financial aspects of the contract.

The project will be constructed on top of an existing surface car park adjacent the main entrance of the hospital. Existing road safety concerns will be alleviated together with the improvement to circulating car movements on the surrounding road network. The project is also strategic to NHS Grampian as the first stage of a £150m redevelopment at Foresterhill campus, which will also include a state of the art Baird Family Hospital, the ANCHOR Centre (Aberdeen and North Centre for Haemaetology, Oncology & Radiotherapy), a patient hotel, and a new life sciences centre to be shared with Aberdeen University.

Gary Mortimer, General Manager Estates & Facilities, NHS Grampian said:
“We are pleased to be working with Balfour Beatty on this project and the preliminary enabling work for this development is already underway. Pending a successful planning application, we hope work will start in March 2016. We are obviously indebted to The Wood Foundation for their generous donation as will make a multi storey car park a reality without diverting NHS funding from frontline care.”

Sir Ian Wood, Chairman of The Wood Foundation commented:
“This is excellent news – the project is progressing to schedule and we very much hope that the plans will gain swift approval to maintain this momentum and provide the badly needed additional patient and visitor parking as early as possible.”

George Hood, Managing Director, Balfour Beatty – North Scotland added:
“The new multi-storey car park will create much-needed additional spaces, and by working with NHS Grampian at this early stage, it will allow all of the parties involved in this significant project to develop plans and ideas on how best to deliver it for the benefit of visitors and patients alike.”