Monday, June 24, 2024

Launceston hospital carpark designs pull in

The Tasmanian Government is progressing a new multistorey carpark at the Launceston General Hospital, with concept designs released and a Development Application to be lodged in coming days.

“Tasmania’s health system has come a long way over the past decade, and under our 2030 Strong Plan for Tasmania’s Future, we are continuing to deliver state-of-the-art builds at all major hospitals,” said Health Minister, Guy Barnett.

“The LGH Masterplan identified parking and access as key considerations in providing improved access to the hospital precinct for patients, staff and visitors, and we are taking action to rectify this.”

The new multistorey car park will provide more than 470 parking spaces within the LGH Precinct.

“Construction of a new multistorey carpark has been prioritised and will address the parking needs of all users of the LGH precinct – which I know will be a relief for staff, patients and visitors,” said Mr Barnett.

During construction of the multistorey carpark, the Department of Health will offset the temporary loss of parking from the current ground level carpark by creating a temporary hospital carpark at the vacant site of the former Anne O’Byrne building.

Early planning for the temporary carpark is underway, and works are planned to commence later in 2024 and be completed early in 2025, the Minister confirmed.

The seven-storey building will be fully accessible and compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, and will include 10 accessible parking spaces and allocation for EV charging stations.

It is anticipated construction of the multistorey carpark will commence by mid-2025 and completed by late-2026.

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