Prime has made the finalist shortlist for Best New Car Park at the 2023 British Parking Awards. The annual competition was launched by Parking Review magazine in 2002 to recognise and celebrate best practice, innovation and achievement in the design and management of public and private sector parking.
The Best New Car Park Award recognises outstanding design and construction techniques that turn car parks into landmark structures. The aim of the award is to showcase how a car park can be a truly inspiring building that has architectural merit, is well-built and functions smoothly in terms of traffic flow and layout.
Prime features twice in the finalist list for multi-storey car parks at Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester and the Park & Ride at Adanac Health and Innovation Campus in Southampton.
The new car park at Dorset County Hospital was integral to enabling the Trust to free up space for vital facilities that will transform patient care. Freeing up space on site allows the Trust to extend its Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit. It also enables the Trust to provide key worker housing to help recruit and retain staff, an integrated care hub, a new and improved entrance and a hospital support centre for non-clinical staff.
Guy Kippen, Development Manager at Prime said: “As well as creating much-needed parking infrastructure at Dorset County Hospital, the car park has enhanced the local environment by delivering a biodiversity net gain of 15% through on-site improvements to landscape areas and off-site woodland creation in the local area.
Along with enabling the Trust to develop new facilities, deliver its clinical aspirations and create a more welcoming environment for patients, visitors and staff, the car park is a key sustainability initiative that supports Prime’s sustainability strategy.”
The Park & Ride at Adanac Health and Innovation Campus is a sustainable solution to get people out of cars and onto public transport while staff get high-quality parking facilities, improving morale, retention and recruitment. It also means people can avoid stressful drives around Southampton General Hospital – with fewer cars polluting the city’s roads – ensuring more patient spaces on the main site, thus reducing parking problems in residential areas around the hospital.
Ewan Forsyth, Development Director at Prime said: “We are delighted to see the Adanac Park & Ride shortlisted as Best New Car Park. This car park represents an important gateway into both Test Valley and Southampton areas and therefore it was imperative that the building makes a strong and positive impact in its design and setting.”
The Awards will be presented by writer and comedian Mark Steel at a gala lunch at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on 15th September.