When car parks are refurbished they are expected to be clean, bright, well signed, safe and structurally sound. The aim of the award is to showcase how a car park can be transformed into a truly inspiring building. The Car Park Renewal Award will recognise property owners and parking operators who have worked with teams of architects, engineers, contractors and other stakeholders to renovate an existing car park to the highest possible standard.
Projects submitted should aim to:
deliver an excellent driver and parking experience
create an attractive, safe and aesthetically pleasing enviroment
accommodate the emergence of new forms of vehicle usage, vehicle types and alternative modes of travel
include energy management systems and green thinking
enhance the locale and designation they serve both in terms of amenity and visually
cater for alternative uses and activities
make provision for the building’s life ‘post-parking’.
If you would like to nominate an innovative technique used in the renovation of a car park, that may be better submitted via theInnovative Parking Technology category.
Entries must be made with the participation and/or approval of the car park owner or operator.
Projects submitted should ideally either hold or be working toward achieving a Park Mark under the Safer Parking Scheme.
To qualify the project must be operational at the time of entry to the awards.
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
Shows innovative solutions to engineering challenges
Show a high degree of co-operation between the developer, designers and planning authority
Features a sensitive, sympathetic and aesthetic treatment of the exterior
Provides high quality, well-lit interiors
Provides well planned vehicle circulation paths
Features excellent signing of vehicle and pedestrian paths
Acts as a gateway to destinations
Makes arrangements for infrastructure maintenance (such as Life Care Plans).
The entry pack should include details of:
A clear statement of why the refurbishment was needed
The problems identified and the techniques employed to solve them
Clear identification of 'Before' vs 'After' gains
What was excluded from the scope of the refurbishment
Structural and operational problems affecting the car park
The process of defining and planning the repairs
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 (if appropriate)
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. The awards recognised the leading examples of car park management, enforcement, design and team work.