£12 million car park work under way at Llandough Hospital
8:30am Tuesday 9th October 2012 in News
WORK on a new £12 million car park for University Hospital Llandough is under way.
The new multi-deck car park will add an extra 150 car parking spaces - providing 1,120 on site in total - and will create 85 construction jobs.
Peter Welsh, the hospital's general manager, said: "This is a very important development for the hospital.
"It will create a new modern parking facility for patients, visitors and staff, and also open up the possibility of further developments at the hospital."
Geoff Walsh, the UHB's assistant director of planning, said measures will be put in place to minimise disruption while work on the new car park is carried out.
He said: "There may be some disruption on the site during construction but we're working on a number of ideas to minimise this.
"As part of the planning application a dedicated entrance for construction traffic will be ceated at the Merrie Harrier interchange, to help reduce the impact of the work on those working and visiting the hospital."
Mr Walsh added: "University Hospital Llandough has benefited from millions of pounds of Welsh Government investment in recent years, and the car park could be the catalyst for more to come."
The scheme - expected to be completed by September 2013 - will allow Cardiff and Vale University Health Board to progress its work with the Welsh Government and the Vale of Glamorgan Council on developing a new Adult Mental Health Unit on the site.
The 135-bed unit, which is currently in the planning process, would be built on the site of the existing car park opposite the hospital's main entrance. It would bring together a range of specialist services on one site, in modern tailor-made facilities.
And this week the Welsh Government announced its Draft Budget for 2013-14, which includes £12m for adult mental health facilities in Llandough Hospital and Glanrhyd Hospital in Bridgend.
Penarth AM Vaughan Gething said: "This new unit is a fantastic example of the type of projects that the Welsh Government provides capital funding for."