More space – plus a lot more spaces
Work set to start on major extension to Amersham car park
Chiltern District Council (CDC) signed a contract with Balfour Beatty to enlarge the existing 680-space car park with work to begin on October 16, to be completed by November 2018.
The new building will be positioned over the main body of the surface parking area next to the existing building. There will be five levels within the extension providing a total of 502 extra spaces and include a lift with provision for additional electric car charge points and CCTV.
A capacity survey carried out in June last year showed the existing car park was at full capacity three days a week with demand growing.
The proposed extension is expected to meet that increasing demand until 2036.
It is also anticipated the extension will increase long-stay parking use, freeing up more shortstay spaces in the Sycamore Road car park which is closer to the town centre, a potential boost for shoppers and local businesses.
The existing multistorey car park will remain operational throughout the building works, and all efforts will be made to minimise inconvenience to the public while construction is underway.
There will be times when space will be restricted and season ticket and permit holders are being notified of when this is likely to be.
Notices are also being posted up in the car park and in the Amersham rail station so users know what is going on and where to park.
Mike Smith, CDC cabinet member for environment, said: “This represents a multi-million pound investment for Amersham and its surrounding communities at no cost to the local tax payer as the income from the additional parking spaces will pay for the development over time.
“The existing multistorey car park was built in 1989/90. It has served us well in the intervening years and is still in good shape – it’s just not providing the capacity to meet demand any longer.
“The space is available to extend the existing structure, and that seems to be the best option in practical and financial terms. ”
Jonathan Winter, managing director for the building firm, said: “I am delighted that Balfour Beatty and Chiltern District Council are working together on this exciting opportunity.
“The award of this contract is another example of the importance of early contractor engagement.
“Our relationship with CDC has enabled us to work together to deliver a proposal that provides us with a solid foundation from which to excel in the build of this new development that will enhance the parking provision for local residents and those visiting Amersham.”
Visit www.chiltern.gov. uk/amershamcarpark for more information.