Project overview

Client:  Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Location:   Preston, Lancashire
Sector: Healthcare
Project status:  Planning approved

PWA Planning was retained to advise Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on the development of a multi-million pound decked car park to provide significant increase in parking provision at the busy hospital site.


What we did


PWA was brought on-board to promote the development of a large 500 space multi-storey car park within the grounds of the Royal Preston Hospital. Following earlier refusals of planning permission for similar schemes, and with increasing need to bolster on-site car parking numbers, PWA was challenged to overcome the earlier planning problems.

Following detailed public consultation, exhibitions and stakeholder meetings, including detailed pre-application discussions with the local planning authority, a scheme which addressed earlier concerns was devised. The scheme was supported by detailed highway evidence as well as strong planning-led arguments. Full planning permission for the development was granted by members of Preston City Council’s planning committee who endorsed the efforts that had been made to respond to earlier concerns and who backed the scheme wholeheartedly.


What our client said

“PWA has a flair for being able to identify solutions to sometimes seemingly intractable planning problems. The service that PWA offers always helps to support our role as project managers and architects. They certainly do get development moving.”
Paul Henderson, associate, FWP Group