A multi-storey car park at Bahrain’s main public hospital is set to open next month, and is expected to end the parking woes of people using and visiting the facility.
Over the years, one of the biggest problems for doctors, patients and visitors at Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC) has been the lack of parking spaces, leading to massive congestion in the area.
Bahrain Real Estate Investment Company (Edamah), the real-estate arm of Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund, Mumtalakat, said yesterday that the new facility will be a boon to medical staff, patients and visitors.
“The project is progressing within the budget,” said an Edamah statement.
“The completion of the project as scheduled will support the critical medical services provided by the hospital and it will provide staff, patients and visitors with a spacious and modern parking facility with air-conditioned lobbies, glazed sliding doors for ease of movement, as well as parking spots for the disabled and public toilets.”
The car park has four floors.
“The completion of this project is another milestone for Edamah as a strategic investor and developer in the kingdom’s infrastructure,” said Edamah chairman Khalid Al Rumaihi.
“I would like to thank the Health Ministry for being a supportive partner enabling us to progress according to schedule.”
The facility includes eight shops on the ground floor, of which four have already been leased out, medical bed lifts, self-payment stations, disabled and public toilets.
“We are proud of the progress of this community-centred project that reflects Edamah’s commitment to deliver well-developed infrastructure,” said Edamah chief executive Amin Alarrayed.
The car park occupies a strategic location northeast of the hospital complex.
Flanked by two major streets, it is expected to improve the flow of traffic and provide quick access to emergency centres.
The GDN had quoted, in June last year, area MP Ahmed Al Salloom as saying that around 10,000 people on average – including patients, visitors, employees and students of Arabian Gulf University – visit the complex every day.
He said he had been bombarded with complaints from residents and visitors to the hospital regarding overcrowding, improper parking practices and lack of spaces.
At the time he had welcomed the new multi-storey car park but had said that even the regular car parks within SMC needed to be turned into multi-storey car parks due to the sheer volume of traffic at the complex.
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