This category is open to local authorities, private operators and key contractors working together to produce an outstanding reimagining of an existing multi-storey, underground or surface car park. Projects should create clean, bright, well signed, safe and structurally sound facilities. They should be aesthetically pleasing and safe gateways to destinations such as town centres, airports, rail stations, retail developments and leisure facilities.
Entries should be made with the participation and/or approval of the car park owner or primary operator.
To qualify the project must havee been completed after 1 July 2016 and be operational at the time of entry to the awards.
The judges will be looking for car parks whose design and construction:
Meet the specific needs of the destination served
Makes use of high quality materials and finish
Shows innovative solutions to engineering challenges
Show a high degree of co-operation between the developer, designers and planning authority
Features a sensitive, sympathetic and aesthetic treatment of the exterior
Provides high quality, well-lit interiors
Have well planned vehicle circulation paths
Features excellent signing of vehicle and pedestrian paths
Acts as gateway to destinations
Makes arrangements for infrastructure maintenance (such as Life Care Plans).
The entry pack should include details of:
A clear statement of why the refurbishment was needed
The problems identified and the techniques employed to solve them
Clear identification of 'Before' vs 'After' gains
What was excluded from the scope of the refurbishment
Structural and operational problems affecting the car park
The process of defining and planning the repairs
Number of spaces, levels, etc
Construction processes (type of structural frame, building materials used, etc)
Nature of vehicle circulation paths
Budget (overall and per space)
How the project was funded
Payment systems and enforcement regime (if appropriate)
Facilities for all categories of user - disabled people, motorcyclists and pedestrians
Created and presented by Parking Review magazine, the British Parking Awards are an independent competition. In their 17th year, the awards recognised the leading examples of car park management, enforcement, design and team work.