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Temporary carpark to deliver more parking spaces for Canberra Hospital

January 17, 2020

The ACT Government has endorsed the construction of a temporary carpark for the Canberra Hospital at the former CIT Woden campus to support the delivery of the SPIRE Project.

More than 1100 additional parking spaces will benefit hospital staff, visitors and construction workers while the ACT Government works to deliver a range of hospital modernisation projects, including the SPIRE Project – the new state-of-the-art emergency, surgical and critical healthcare facility.


Minister for Health Rachel Stephen-Smith said the temporary carpark will alleviate parking and traffic pressures within the Canberra Hospital precinct during the SPIRE Project’s construction phase. The new carpark will primarily be for hospital staff and will include appropriate security and shuttle bus services.


“We have designed this solution to boost Canberra Hospital parking availability for staff, visitors and construction workers during this busy expansion period for the hospital.


“Importantly, the former CIT Woden site will continue to be zoned for community use. The ACT Government will work with the community to consider options for future use of the site beyond the SPIRE build,” said Minister Stephen-Smith.


Demolition works will start in the first quarter of 2020 to remove former CIT Woden buildings and prepare the site, with construction of the carpark to begin mid-year.


The new temporary carpark is expected to open for use prior to main works starting on the SPIRE Project next year.


“We will continue to investigate long-term parking solutions at the Canberra Hospital campus as part of the Master Planning process. Input from hospital staff, consumers and local residents will be an important part of this process,” said Minister Stephen-Smith.


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