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Hospital car park increases capacity and security

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A £8.6M steel framed three level car park has been completed for the Basildon & Thurrock University Hos- pital NHS Foundation Trust, increas- ing both capacity and visitor security.

Built on the site of the hospital’s former 800 space surface car park, the new car park features fluores- cent lighting and 50 CCTV cameras to provide security which has been accredited under the Park Mark Safe Parking Scheme.

Tommy Chambers, Divisional Di- rector for main contractor Osborne, said: “Most hospital campuses are fixed and finding more space to ex- pand is difficult. By building a multi storey car park, the Trust has im- proved parking on site significantly,

managed its historical problem of illegal parking and dramatically en- hanced safety and security.”

The 154m x 64m steel frame was erected by SIAC Tetbury Steel and re- quired 850t of galvanised steelwork. The steel was erected around a 7.2m x 16m grid, which equated to 22 bays long x four bays wide.

Mark Fox, SIAC Tetbury Steel’s As- sociate Construction Director, said: “The project was erected with mobile cranes in nine phases, as this allowed continuity for both steel erection and installation of the precast concrete planks.

“Due to the success of this project we have now been awarded three more car parks with Osborne.”

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