More space – plus a lot more spa­ces

Work set to start on ma­jor ex­ten­sion to Amer­sham car park

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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