Multi-Storey car park at Royal Preston Hospital


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

Urgent care centre for NHS in Lancashire


Project overview

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

PWA planning was appointed to advise Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on the development of a new extension to the Chorley and South Ribble Hospital to provide a new out-of-hours primary care centre.


What we did


The Chorley urgent care centre will function as an alternative service for patients arriving at the hospital but whose condition does not warrant admission to the accident and emergency department of the hospital. Co-located alongside the accident and emergency department it will ensure that patients are offered treatment appropriate to their conditions, either primary or emergency care.

PWA worked alongside architects FWP to respond to the constraints of developing a large extension within the confines of an existing hospital site. PWA prepared a detailed planning application addressing all relevant issues raised at pre-application stage with the planning officers.

With the support of case officers at Chorley Council, planning permission was achieved in record time to ensure that the development could commence without delay. On behalf of the trust, PWA Planning addressed planning conditions, including detailed parking and travel planning requirements with a minimum of cost and delay.


What our client said

“PWA remain our ‘go to’ planning consultants for our healthcare and other significant development projects. They have a strong reputation and are well liked by our clients and provide close support to our team, with their in-depth knowledge of the planning system and process.”
Seb Salisbury, project architect, FWP Group