As part of The Christie travel strategy, the Trust has a number of initiatives in progress. Tiered car parking is one of these initiatives.
The tiered car parking scheme involves the erection of a new staff car park in the existing staff car parking area accessed via Cotton Lane. It will provide an additional 400 spaces at The Christie.
Demolition of accommodation blocks on the site has now started. This is due to finish by the end of January 2020.
During the construction works, the existing car park will close and 266 staff parking spaces will be displaced from the hospital site.
Once the main staff car park closes, to alleviate the displacement of staff parking spaces, The Christie will be operating a number of park and ride sites in the local area which will be free of charge to staff members. Further information on the park and ride services will follow in due course.
Patient car parking will not be affected by the tiered car parking project.
The construction of the new tiered car park on Cotton Lane is scheduled to commence on Friday 19 March 2021 and will take approximately 1 year to complete. Work to install some temporary safety fencing around the site of the new tiered car park will begin after Friday 19 March.
We have appointed Vinci Construction to construct the new tiered car park, and we are working with them to create a construction programme.
Update: 8 October 2021
The tiered car park has made good progress and remains on schedule to be partially opened for use in early December. The landscaping around the tiered car park will then start in January 2022. The installation of the car park cladding and the planting of trees, hedges and grasses to improve the habitat for wildlife will continue until mid-March 2022.
The key activities over the next 3 weeks will include:
Week commencing 11/10
- Electricity North West Ltd (ENW) have installed the main power cables, and power to the substation will be turned on this week.
- Installation of the passenger lifts will continue, and cladding panels will be added to the Rathen Road end of the building.
- We have commenced the roof work to staircases and will add asphalt to the core roofs.
- These works will require a medium level of vehicle movement. We will work to minimise any noise or vibration, and to avoid disruption to our neighbours and the local community.
Week commencing 18/10
- The work above will continue.
- Work to install below ground communications cables will begin.
- Cladding panels will be added on the Rathen Road and Firth Road ends of the building.
Week commencing 25/10
- The work above will continue.
For more information on the building of the tiered car park on Cotton Lane, please see our frequently asked questions below.
Q: When will the works complete?
A: Most of the construction works on the tiered car park will be completed in 2021 with the overall completion date being March 2022.
Q: What are the working hours for the construction operations of this project?
A: The normal hours of work will be:
- Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm,
- Saturday, 8:30am to 2pm,
- Sunday and Bank Holidays, no work.
Any planned work outside these times will be the subject of prior approval by MCC. From time to time, there may be circumstances that an operation overruns. Should this occur, we will endeavour to advise our neighbours via an eNewsletter.
Q: Will contractors and Christie staff park in nearby streets?
A: Our contractor recognises the difficulties parking can cause and are instructing its workers and visitors to travel to the site using public transport and/or walking and cycling. All contractors are made aware that parking in the controlled parking zone or surrounding area is not acceptable and if they do it could lead to sanctions against them, including a possible site ban.
Christie frontline clinical workers will still have priority to use the limited number of spaces which remain on the site during the works. There is also a park and ride scheme in operation for Christie employees.
Q: Will the construction works impact my property?
A: As with all construction works, there will be some unavoidable noise and we work with our contractors to reduce this as much as possible. We do not believe the construction works will have any adverse impact on existing properties surrounding the site and we will be monitoring this throughout the works.
Q: What is being done to reduce the impact on local residents during all the ongoing work at The Christie?
A: Weekly coordination meetings are held to help reduce the impact on nearby residents and particular consideration is given to traffic management and potential road closures.
Q: Will the works increase the flood risk in the area?
A: No. Whilst the drainage design is being finalised, a sustainable drainage system (SuDS) is being used which reduces the risk of surface water flooding, improves water quality and enhances biodiversity.
Q: Will the landscaping arrangements reflect those granted in planning permission?
A: Yes. There will be more than 15 extra trees planted after the removal of some trees to provide extra screening between the car park and surrounding houses as well as providing an important haven for wildlife and this will be monitored moving forward.
Q: Are the working arrangements COVID-19 safe?
A: Yes; all contractors working at The Christie are obliged to comply with the Government's advice relating to workplaces.
Q: Do the contractors hold insurance?
A: Yes; all contractors working at The Christie hold the necessary insurances.
Q: What should I do if I see an emergency on the site?
A: You should call the Emergency Services on 999.
Q: Where can I get updates on the progress of the works?
A: You will receive updates via the Christie Neighbourhood Forum and the e-Newsletter. We will not be able to answer individual or very specific correspondence in relation to progress but will notify you via the e-Newsletter of any key activities that may affect you.
Q: Who should I contact if I have questions?
A: If you have further general questions and cannot find the information online, please follow the advice in the eNewsletter. We will endeavour to respond but cannot guarantee to answer all questions.