Best New Car Park

Sponsored by: 3C Payment

This site-specific award recognises outstanding car park design. It is open to local authority and private car park operators, owners, architects, developers and construction companies. Car parks entered may be multi-storey, underground, surface or park & ride sites.

The criteria:

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.

Depending on the field of entries, separate trophies may be awarded for 

  • Best Multi-storey Car Park

  • Best Surface Car Park


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

  • Show a high degree of co-operation between the developer, designers and planning authority

  • Features a sensitive, sympathetic and aesthetic treatment of the exterior and locale

  • Provides high quality, well-lit interiors

  • Have well planned vehicle circulation paths

  • Feature excellent signing of vehicle and pedestrian paths

  • Act as gateways to destinations.

During site visits the judges will pay particular attention to the 'drivability' and location of each entry.


The entry pack should include details of:

  • 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 (where applicable)

  • Facilities for all categories of user (disabled people, motorcyclists and pedestrians)

  • Facilities and working conditions for staff

  • Security arrangements (staffing, lighting, CCTV, help-points, etc)

  • Environmental considerations during construction and when operational

  • Signage arrangements (internally and externally for guiding both drivers and pedestrians)

  • Arrangements for infrastructure maintenance (such as Life Care Plans)

  • Provision made for electric vehicles and cycles

  • Public art works and other special features

  • Safer Parking Scheme Park Mark status

  • Other awards the car park has won


Please supply:

  1. Images of car park exterior and interior

  2. Full plans and circulation details

  3. Details/diagram of traffic flow and site access/egress

  4. Details/images of site signage

  5. Full postal address so that shortlisted car parks can be easily located by the judges

  6. Evidence of Park Mark, ESPA and other awards

  7. Customer and client feedback.


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British Parking Awards 2018

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.

View the 2018 Winners

9 March 2018
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