Visitors and patients attending the Dubbo Base Hospital are being encouraged to observe new signage directing traffic flow at the facility’s car park, with the first of a three stage process to re-design the car park now underway.
Contractor National BuildPlan has cordoned off the rear section of the car park as part of the early works program in the hospital’s $79.8 million redevelopment.
“Staff have been requested to utilise a different car parking area, freeing up more spaces for the public during this process,” said Acting General Manager Debbie Bickerton.
“Other options put to the staff include car pooling and use of parking outside of the hospital grounds, for example at Lourdes Hospital,” she said.
The Dubbo Base Hospital Redevelopment Project Director Bruno Zinghini says by staging the car park works program, access for patients and visitors will be maintained throughout the next six months.
“During every stage of the construction process, we will have at least 227 car spaces available to the public. Once the works program is complete, there will be an extra 48 spaces,” he said.
A feature of the redeveloped car park will be a landscaped area at the southern end closest to the main entry. The project team is seeking input from the community to design and create this section into a culturally and community reflective space.
The Dubbo Base Hospital redevelopment project is on schedule, with schematic design and environmental assessments now complete.
The Western NSW Local Health District Change Manager for the project, Karen Salmon, says changes to the hospital car park are the first visual signs of progress for the major works.
“We are now approaching the next stage of the project which will entail more physical works getting underway, after having the detailed design process signed off.
“The changes to the car park have been planned in such a way that confusion is minimal for visitors and patients. We have signs displaying the changes in public areas including local shopping centres, the Dubbo city Library, Western Plains Cultural Centre and Dubbo City Council,” she said.
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