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Burwood Avenue Car Park Development

Further to my previous communications, I am pleased to advise that the Burwood Avenue Car Park Redevelopment is now confirmed and ‘good to go’.  I am confident that this project, when completed, will provide long-term benefits for the neighbourhood, including decreased patient use of local on-street parking and a more appealing landscaped aspect from Burwood Avenue – please refer to architect’s impression below.

Burwood Avenue Car Park  

Enabling works have already commenced – these include clearing/relocating shrubs and trees from the site, re-routing critical underground services and preparing the area for excavation.  A broad timetable for the project, together with its implications, are detailed below:

 Month

 Activities

 Implications

 December

  •        Building consent approval
  •        Enabling works
  •        Site establishment

 Some disruption (on-street traffic     management) and noise

 January

  • Foundations and block walls
  • Bulk excavation
  • Multiple trucks entering and leaving
  • Parking reduced but demand reduced (Hospital closed)

 February

 Construction

  • Reduced parking on campus – parking management in place
  • Traffic management in place on campus

 March

 Construction

 April

  • Construction
  • Excavation and backfill of access road

 May

 Handover of carpark

 June

 Handover of access road

 New car park in use; traffic management   in place on campus

 July

 Landscaping and making good

 

 

This project will be very disruptive to Mercy Hospital, Marinoto Clinics, and of course to our close neighbours.  We anticipate that neighbours may be affected by: some construction noise and dust (although strategies to minimise these are in place); multiple truck movements particularly during January; occasional traffic management on Burwood and Newington Avenues; temporarily decreased aesthetic value of the Mercy Campus; and a possible increase in on-street parking across the greater neighbourhood areas.

The following actions are being taken to reduce demand for street parking and resultant street congestion:

  • Sending out letters/emails to all Hospital and Clinic patients for this period explaining that there will be dramatically reduced parking and strongly recommending that they taxi or are dropped off for appointments; 
  • Advertising (our website, ODT) that there will be less parking at Mercy;
  • Employing two parking officers to work on campus, directing traffic to maximise the usage of the parking we do have – they will be onsite 7am – 3.30pm Monday – Friday from 29 January;
  • Creating extra drop off/taxi parks near our front door;
  • Encouraging local staff to walk/bike/car pool to work if possible;
  • Providing substantial off-site parking for hospital and clinic staff at Kaikorai Rugby Club and actively encouraging them to take up this option;
  • Putting on hold large meetings/conferences/education events on site for the duration;
  • Giving a strong road safety message in all our communications to staff, clinics and patients.

I again sincerely apologise for the inevitable disruption this project will cause you, our neighbours.  We look forward to the successful completion of the new car park and the benefits it will have for both the Hospital and our neighbours.

Updates and alerts will be circulated regularly, and we are always happy to discuss any issues or queries you may have – please see contact details below.

May I also take this opportunity to convey my best wishes for a very Merry Christmas and safe and prosperous New Year.

Yours sincerely

 

Richard Whitney, Chief Executive Officer

Jackie Wilde, Support Services Manager

Phone: (03) 464 0107