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Newly extended Amersham car park receives national award for safety

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Posted in Latest Award by PM on 11:12 24th January, 2019

Amersham multi-storey car park has received a national award for safety and recognised for its high standards of design.


Amersham had been experiencing parking stress for a number of years and a recent survey showed that to accommodate the rising number of users and to continue to support the vitality of the town, an additional 339 to 520 spaces would be required.  Amersham multi-storey car park is the main car park for Amersham train station, serving commuters, local workers, residents, and shoppers. Is it located in Zone 9 of the London Underground and is one of the main gateways into London.
 
The extension to the multi-storey car park maximises the availability of space by breaking through into the original building and using the existing vehicle access and vertical circulation to negate the need for a separate exit ramp structure. This enables the maximum number of spaces to be created on the available area of land. As a result, an additional 366 spaces have been created increasing the overall capacity of the car park to 1046 spaces.


It was essential that the project was completed on time and within budget and the council was pleased that both targets were met. The work to construct the extension commenced in October 2017 with a November 2018 completion, opening to the public on 30 November.


Anwar Zaman, project lead said: “Receiving the Park Mark award fills me with joy. The Council works hard to create safe parking environments where the space is open, well lit, and where customers feel safe. The award helps us to reinforce our aims and objectives for car parking, which is to provide car parks that support all user requirements and meet the needs of the local community. The car park also provides essential links to public transport.”


A Park Mark is awarded to parking facilities that pass a rigorous risk assessment conducted by the police and the British Parking Association.  The assessments include management and maintenance of the facility, ensuring that there are appropriate levels of surveillance, lighting, signage and cleanliness.  These criteria are known to reduce the opportunity for crime and create a safer environment for the motorist and their vehicle.


Councillor Mike Smith, Cabinet Member for Environment said: “The new extension to Amersham multi-storey car park is a great benefit to the town. The extended car park provides 1046 spaces to meet the needs of all motoring user groups whilst supporting sustainable transport and key transport links. We are absolutely delighted our car park meets the high standards required by the Safer Parking Scheme, which helps us to keep our car parks safe and free of crime.”


Antony Powell, British Parking Association Area Manager said: “Chiltern District Council has been a long term supporter of the Safer Parking Scheme and its ideals. The design and features of new extension to the Amersham MSCP clearly demonstrates enhanced parking provision to the local community.


“At conclusion of the Park Mark assessment, the police assessor and I had no hesitation in accrediting the facility. Chiltern District Council is to be congratulated on their achievement.”


David Lancaster, police assessor said: "During the Park Mark award assessment of the extension to the existing multi-storey car park, I was particularly impressed to find a busy and well run parking facility operated by dedicated and enthusiastic management and staff.”

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