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What’s the vision?

We want to rewrite the rule book when it comes to car park design and create stand out buildings that actually enhance the architectural story of a town.

But what’s the problem with car parks?

At best they’re a necessary evil, but more often than not they’re a real eyesore and a hotbed for anti-social behaviour.

How will PCH make their vision a reality?

We place a great deal of value on context. To give a design context you need to understand the space the building will occupy. It’s about really getting to grips with local history, heritage, existing architecture and the surrounding landscape and using this as a guide for the designs. And while car parks need to be functional, this approach still rings true for their design.

This approach in action:

Crown Car Park: Ipswich’s crowning glory

The façade here is made up of intricately perforated gold metal panels that create a crown around the building. It’s a bold statement, but one that takes its design cues from the town’s arts and crafts heritage, its connection to Saxon gold and the colours of the Suffolk coast just a few miles away.

Sittingbourne: A Kent colourwash

This car park is wrapped in colour coated perforated metal, creating a rich mix of colour and texture to reflect the landscape of the surrounding Kent countryside. The three levels represent the sky, the sea and the land, while a gabion system using only locally quarried stone really grounds the design.

Monarch Quay: A royal wave

The standout element to this design is a network of suspended aluminium panels, creating a kinetic frontage that ripples in the wind. It mirrors the dynamic waterscape of the building’s setting on the Mersey River in Liverpool. The corten steel at ground level will rust to reflect the worn brick and metal work of the surrounding docks.

You can read our full car park facades case study here

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