Leading car park management company, CP Plus has been awarded a 15 year contract by Plymouth City Council for the Mutley Plain Car Park. CP Plus will be responsible for the complete refurbishment of the existing car park and on completion will manage and run the operation, due to open in June 2003.
CP Plus has also won a rolling contract to manage and control 10 Tesco stores car parks where they hope to iron out the problems of parking abuse local workers and commuters by installing a time limit system.

A third contract, for five years, has been secured by CP Plus with the Royal Marsden Hospitals NHS Trust in Sutton and Chelsea, taking over from the present incumbent management company, Karspace Management. The Sutton car park will be converted to pay on foot and at Chelsea a rigid enforcement scheme will be put in place, where the small area needs to provide priority parking for staff.

Two Welsh hospitals are bringing in management controls to ease the pressure on parking problems and provide extra places for staff.

Carmarthenshire NHS Trust says the current lack of parking controls and lack of a payment system is leading to congestion and inconvenience to both staff and visitors, which is why they have just awarded a 15 year Public Private Partnership contract to CP Plus.

The contract will involve construction of additional spaces and implementation of a management and control system in the car parks at West Wales General Hospital in Carmarthen and Prince Phillip Hospital in Llangelli.

At West Wales General Hospital, an additional 100 spaces for staff will be constructed, bringing the number of staff spaces to 746. Staff parking will be operated with a permit systemand the new pay and display system for visitors will accommodate 254 vehicles, bringing the total number in the newly expanded parking areas to 1,000 spaces.

At the Prince Phillip Hospital at Llangelli, which has 350 staff and 228 visitor parking spaces, similar measures will be put in place to tackle the problem. Highly trained, uniformed staff will be provided on both sites to dramatically improve service efficiency and security at the hospital for staff and visitors. Both sites are scheduled to be fully operational by September 2003.

Carmarthenshire NHS Trust is the latest healthcare authority to work with CP Plus who is the market leader in this sector, operating at over 50 NHS sites. CP Plus' Head of Development, Grahame Rose believes that the company's success of working within the healthcare sector boils down to understanding the very special needs of hospital trusts and others in the sector. He says: "Each hospital or other healthcare organisation will have different needs and during a series of meetings we will discuss their particular requirements with them to ensure that the tailored programme we
construct is ideally suited to their situation.."

NHS Trusts often do not have funds available for these types of projects and CP Plus is able help with this by providing funding through PPP/PFI projects, which not only improves the levels of service, without eating into valuable healthcare resources but at the same time can create revenue generation opportunities .

Mansell Bennett from Carmarthenshire NHS Trust said: "We knew that we needed more spaces and that we also had to address the high levels of vehicle turnover and staff parking needs, but also that we couldn't forget that patients and their families are often under stress when visiting the hospitals and need to be treated sympathetically.

"As the leading car park operator in the NHS, we are confident that CP Plus has the right expertise to provide a parking solution to suit our particular needs."

CP Plus can be contacted on tel: 020 7431 4001 or visit
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