The Government of Nova Scotia has announced another step in the QEll New Generation project to make way for new construction on the Halifax Infirmary site of the QEII Health Sciences Centre.
The government has approved $29.5 million for the parking strategy, which includes building a new parkade across from the hospital on Summer Street. The Robie Street parkade will be demolished to allow space for a new inpatient centre, with hospital beds and operating rooms, to be built as part of the hospital expansion.
“This is a significant step in preparing the hospital site for construction of modern, state-of-the-art health-care facilities,” said Lloyd Hines, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “At the same time, we appreciate how important parking is to anyone working at or visiting the hospital. By addressing it now, we can ensure minimal disruption as we continue with the redevelopment.”
The new parkade will have up to 900 parking spaces and sit on the current parking lot of the Museum of Natural History. A temporary parking lot will be built on the other side of the museum to replace the spaces lost as a result of the new construction. A tender for the design of the temporary lot will be issued early next week.
Along with the new parkade and temporary parking lot, today’s investment also includes planning for further expansion of parking at the Halifax Infirmary site. Once the hospital expansion is finished, there will be about 2,700 parking spaces at the site – 1,400 more than there are now.
The location of this new parking development will allow convenient and safe access for patients, families and staff visiting the Halifax Infirmary during the construction of the Halifax Infirmary expansion,” Dr. Alex Mitchell, acting vice-president clinical infrastructure, QEII New Generation Project. “This expansion project supports the Nova Scotia Health Authority’s commitment to rebuilding and improving the way health care is delivered in Nova Scotia.”
The current parkade at the Halifax Infirmary was built in 2003 and has 672 parking spaces. Parking at the Abbie J. Lane, Camp Hill Veterans Memorial, Halifax Infirmary, and the former CBC building will still be available (more than 600 parking spaces).
Construction of the temporary parking lot will be finished late December and the tender for the new Halifax Infirmary parkade will be issued in early January.