NCP has signed a 29-year lease on the 702-space multi-storey staff car park at Liverpool Royal Hospital, as the NHS Trust continues to grapple with delays to its £335m new-build facility.
The deal follows NCP’s strategy to “significantly expand” its estate, said the company, with the car park operator looking to open more sites in Liverpool, Manchester, and Chester.
NCP said it would commit £300,000 to improving facilities at the 702-space car park, including upgrading its lighting to LED, as well as improvements to all its existing parking equipment.
Liverpool Royal Hospital NHS Trust has been hit by a series of delays to its new hospital, which is running around two years late. It original completion date was March 2017, but this was pushed back to February 2018, and delayed further when Carillion collapsed in January.
The Trust said it hoped to restart works on the site by the summer, with Laing O’Rourke believed to be lined up to take over the project. The deal with NCP is understood to have been struck to provide more resource to cover the ongoing impact of the hospital’s delayed delivery.
Lee Holland, property director at NCP, said: “The long-term lease of this car park continues to show our commitment to grow our business in major cities and towns in the UK, across a range of sectors including Health Care. We’re delighted to be working with the hospital authority to continue providing and improving the facilities for their staff.
“What’s more, we believe the full-scale upgrade of all our equipment as part of this contract will ensure that staff at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital experience an excellent parking service, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as they carry out their vital work.”