Thanks to the amazing support of our ‘Time Saves Lives Appeal’, we’ve raised £3.9 million to build a helipad on top of the Grafton Street Car Park, off Oxford Road.
When it’s fully operational in early 2020, it will enable critically ill or injured children, adults and babies to be airlifted straight to Manchester Royal Infirmary, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and Saint Mary’s.
Construction work has started on building the helipad on the top floor of this car park, with traffic diversions in place from Friday 7th June. The works will last around six months (completion is expected in January 2020). It has been carefully planned to minimise disruption to staff, patients, visitors and other site users.
The project will require some road/access changes – please see details on the map (pictured right – click to enlarge) for safe access routes for cars and pedestrians, and follow the direction signs near the car park. This also means allowing additional time to park and get to your destination.
The Trust’s Car Park Staff and Volunteer Team will be available during the construction period, to help with directions and further information.
Extra free Hospital Shuttle Bus services from Grafton Street Car Park to all our hospitals will also be available.
“The helipad is an amazing project which will help to save so many lives. It will be ‘business as usual’ as far as possible during the construction, and we appreciate your patience while the work is underway,” said Kathy Cowell, MFT Chairman.