New patient/visitor car park and travel hub opening marks ‘start’ of L&D Hospital redevelopment

Date: 20/05/2021 | Category: Redevelopment

  • New multi-storey facility will provide 278 car parking spaces for patients and visitors
  • New layout significantly improves access and will reduce Lewsey Road congestion
  • Staff travel hub, secure cycle storage and showers to help encourage staff to run and cycle to, from and during work
  • Development marks first phase of £150m redevelopment which will see hospital transformed over next five years

Simon Linnett and David Carter, the Chair and Chief Executive of Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, were joined by the Leader of Luton Council, Hazel Simmons today to officially open a new patient/visitor car park and travel hub at the Luton & Dunstable Hospital earlier today (Wednesday 19 May).

Chief Executive, David Carter said: “We’re delighted to officially open this much-needed car park and travel hub, which will provide convenient access for our patients and visitors, as well as excellent facilities for colleagues.

He continued: “It’s very exciting because this marks the start of a complete transformation of the hospital which will be taking place in the coming years.

“The improvements to our Emergency Department are already underway, due for completion next year, and in the next year we will be starting building our new acute services block.

“This will transform our maternity, theatres, critical care and neonatal services. Our new facilities will be cutting edge – and an inspiring place for colleagues to deliver outstanding care to patients.”

Simon Linnett, Chair, said: “We are delighted to provide such a convenient facility – right opposite the main entrance, which we know will make life easier for patients, carers and relatives.

“In addition, I am also particularly pleased about the facilities for staff. I am passionate about how we can improve our sustainability, so facilities which help colleagues to walk, run or cycle to work are greatly welcome.

“It’s also great for their mental health and wellbeing to help build more activity into their lives, so that’s positive too.”

David Hartshorne, Director of Redevelopment, said: “Our redevelopment project will see much of the site transformed over the next few years, for the huge benefit of patients and staff.

“But, it will take time and sometimes, inconvenience, while we get there. We hope our patients and visitors will bear with us.

“I’d encourage people to keep checking in on our progress, and be aware there might be disruption, for which we apologise, while we are making these improvements.”

Hartshorne added: “I’d like to thank the project team for their work. I’d like to thank our neighbours on Lewsey Road for their support and understanding, and also thank the Council for all their support.”

Hazel Simmons, Leader of Luton Borough Council, was given the duty of formally cutting the ribbon. She said: “I am delighted to be able to formally open this facility. I know it will hugely benefit patients, carers and relatives, as well as the staff working here at the L&D.

“Making the hospital accessible to our whole community is very important, so I am delighted to be here to represent the Council at this important step forward in the redevelopment. I look forward to further improvements to come.”

The entire project cost a total of £5m, and was delivered by specialist firm Huber. The main car park superstructure uses a modular steel frame construction, meaning the entire project took just six months.