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Vinci Park wins major contract with Derriford Hospital
Vinci Park UK, the specialist parking operator, has been awarded a seven year contract with Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust to provide an integrated parking, security management and grounds maintenance service at Derriford Hospital from January 2012.
Following a lengthy competitive tender process which started in March 2011, Vinci Park UK has won the multi-million pound contract, which will specifically focus on improving the patient, staff and visitor experience at the hospital.
Building on its experiences of working across 15 hospital trusts in the UK, Vinci Park UK will be making a major investment into the site, and will be working with the Trust to completely re-structure the on and off-site parking. This will involve the implementation of a raft of new initiatives to improve efficiency and patient, visitor and staff experience. The contract with Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust marks Vinci Park UK’s third hospital parking contract won in the last 18 months.
Patient and visitor parking at Derriford Hospital will benefit from the introduction of new pay-on-foot technology, ensuring that people only pay for the time they use, as well as variable message signs to advise motorists of where spaces exist. A new smart card system will be introduced for staff, removing the need to carry cash to pay for parking.
In keeping with Vinci Park UK and the Trust’s green objectives, hybrid minibuses will be introduced to the popular staff park and ride service, helping the Trust to significantly reduce its carbon footprint. Vinci Park UK’s employees at the hospital will also receive extensive training across all services provided from parking management to security.
In addition to parking management, Vinci Park UK will be investing significantly in the security services at the Trust. Security Officers will be deployed 24 hours a day and the network of CCTV cameras will be expanded and upgraded. A full grounds maintenance service will also be provided, with a focus on ensuring a clean and safe environment for patients and staff alike.
Mark Evans, Vinci Park UK’s Chief Executive, commented: “Our new partnership with Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust will improve the patient, visitor and staff experience at Derriford Hospital considerably as we introduce innovative ideas and new ways of working to the hospital environment. The appointment consolidates our extensive experience of working with NHS Trusts and we look forward to a long and successful partnership with Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust.”
19 January 2012