Projects

Talbot Road, Blackpool

Infrastructure

Part of a major regeneration project in the Talbot Gateway Central Business District

Best Refurbishment Award – British Parking Awards 2014

The Talbot Road MSCP beat strong competition from five other shortlisted car parks in the Best Refurbishment category thanks to a creative design that reveals the original 1930s frame through the new elevations, to deliver a contemporary car park that acknowledges its heritage.

The key is to think in terms of ‘transformation ’rather than ‘refurbishment’ extensive new public spaces. The completed car park provides a total of 648 spaces over five levels which are accessed by internal circular ramps with segregation between incoming and outgoing vehicles. The ground floor has been redeveloped as retail units in keeping with the new streetscapes.

The reborn MSCP was a key element of a regeneration scheme, redesigned to meet the need of shoppers and tourists as well as office workers. The car park’s interior fabric and operation was completely overhauled and now provides a secure, well-lit, safe, and inviting environment, with clear internal signage and architectural elements. A projecting stair tower to the north and polycarbonate clad tower to the south clearly locates the pedestrian and vehicle entrance points within a revitalised and re-invigorated urban landscape.

Part of a major regeneration project in the Talbot Gateway Central Business District

Project details

Client

Muse Developments

Start date

2013

Completion date

2014

Construction cost

£6m

Project partners

Huber Car Park Systems
Ridge and Partners LLP
Muir Associates
Parking Matters

“The original car park had not only lost its original charm and vintage design appeal, it had also become run down and no longer fit for purpose.

Refurbishing the car park was a central part of our vision to improve the appeal of the whole area by bringing back to life a car park that not only enables visitors to park in the town centre, generating footfall, but also enhances the quality and visual appeal of Blackpool’s built environment.”

Mike Horner, regional director at Muse Developments