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 or surface sites.
The aim of the Best New Car Park Award is to showcase how a car park can be a truly inspiring building that has archiectural merit, is well built and which functions smoohly in terms of traffic flow and layout.
Projects submitted should aim to:
Deliver an excellent driving and parking experience
Create an attractive, safe and aesthetically pleasing environment
Accommodate the emergence of new forms of vehicle usage, vehicle types and alternative modes of travel
Include energy management systems and display green thinking
Enhance the locale and destination the car park serves both in terms of amenity and visually
Cater for alternative activities and uses
Make provision for the building life 'post-parking'.
Entries should be made with the participation and/or approval of the car park owner or primary operator.
Depending on the field of entries, separate trophies may be awarded for:
Best Multi-storey Car Park
Best Surface Car Park
To qualify, the car park must be operational at the time of entry to the awards.
The name and address of car park
The judges will be looking for car parks whose design and construction
Key team members (main contractor, architect, engineers, etc.)
Number of levels, spaces, etc.
Type of structure and method of construction
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 finishes
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 memorable and well thought out gateways to the destinations they serve.
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)
Created and presented by Parking Review magazine, the British Parking Awards are an independent competition. In their 19th year, the awards recognised the leading examples of car park management, enforcement, design and team work.