Preliminary construction starts this April on Phase One of the Redevelopment of Royal Columbian Hospital

What’s happening

The visitor and patient parking lot near the hospital’s Main Entrance is being expanded.

Area affected

The hospital’s greenspace at the corner of East Columbia and Sherbrooke Streets and areas near the Main Entrance, will be affected.

How long it will take

Construction starts early April and lasts up to six months. It will happen in four stages, beginning in the greenspace along East Columbia and ending in early fall on the east side of the hospital’s Sherbrooke Centre. Staging the work minimizes disruption and maintains the hospital’s parking supply during construction.

Scope of work

Over 100 patient and visitor parking stalls will be added, temporarily.

Over 40 trees, and most shrubs and grass will be removed. Trees will be harvested over four months beginning with 21 trees in the greenspace. Most wood will be taken by a Lower Mainland wood purveyor for furniture, art, and hospital benches. Over 25 trees will stay, including 10 along Sherbrooke Street. Historical artifacts will be moved. 

Once completed this temporary visitor parking lot will include some landscaping.


Everyone agrees we need more parking.

Adding this temporary parking helps offset the 300-stall parking lot closing in late 2016 at the bottom of Keary Street where we’ll build a new underground parkade and a new mental health facility.

This summer a 500-stall parking lot for employees and construction workers will also be temporarily added off-site, somewhere in the vicinity of the hospital. A shuttle will be provided.

Maintaining our parking supply while the underground parkade is built by adding temporary visitor and employee parking helps us deter hospital visitors and employees from parking in the neighbourhood.

Once the new underground parkade opens in 2019/2020, the temporary visitor lot will be repurposed for future redevelopment projects and the temporary employee lot will close.

Impact to neighbours

Road access along East Columbia will likely not be disrupted. 

Access to the hospital’s Main Entrance will remain open during all stages.

Construction partners will endeavour to minimize the impact of noise, dust, light intrusion, and disruption to our neighbours in accordance with City regulations.

For every large tree felled, two will be planted on hospital or public lands once the redevelopment finishes, and in accordance with New Westminster’s Tree Protection and Regulation Bylaw.

When the hospital’s entire redevelopment is complete this corner of hospital grounds will include some landscaping.


Learn more

This area along East Columbia Street is being repurposed during the hospital’s redevelopment.


More visitor and patient parking is being added near the Main Entrance and at the northwest corner of hospital grounds.