Planning consent has been given for a six-storey car park covered in eye-catching metal panels and mesh to be built as part of the £ 80m transformation of the city’s main railway station. Under the plan, the existing triple-level concrete car park will be knocked down once the new one is built as part of the extensive regeneration of the area around the station and the creation of Brunel Plaza.
Special attention has been paid to the exterior appearance of the new car park, which the council said will be one of the most visible buildings for passengers arriving by rail to the city. The triangles outside the building, with its aluminum panels and steel mesh, draw on a theme that occurs in other parts of the city center, namely the Civic Square.
The car park will be built to the east of Intercity House on the site of the former Rail Incident Safety Center (RISC) building. The new car park will have:
453 parking spaces arranged over six storeys
full CCTV coverage
EV charging facilities with capability to expand as demand increases in the future.
a mobility hub which will offer more transport choices to reduce private car use. This could include electric bikes, electric vehicles available for hire, bike parking, lockers for delivery and storage
disabled and family parking spaces
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The new car park’s location means a significant change to how private vehicles will be able to use Station Approach. All private vehicle trips to and from the new multi-storey car park, once operational, will enter and exit from North Road East (Station Approach) which will be widened into two lanes rather than the current one-way configuration.
This will mean most of the vehicle movements will be away from the front of the station, creating space and a better welcome for visitors arriving at Brunel Plaza. Work is expected to start early next year and should be completed by Summer 2024.
Once the new car park is open and operational, the old multi-storey will be knocked down creating development sites for further university campus extensions and a new hotel. Major work has been progressing at Intercity Place – the tower above the station, with existing fixtures and fittings being removed from the building to prepare for its wholesale refurbishment as a new Faculty of Health for the University of Plymouth
The university has signed a long lease on the building and brought in contractor Kier to carry out work, with the revamp expected to end by the Spring of 2023. The creation of Brunel Plaza will take place alongside the work on the new multi-storey car park. This will create a pedestrianized area in front of the station.
Council Leader Nick Kelly said: “We are steadily making progress on this long term project to completely transform the area and ensure all who travel to our great city receive a vibrant and fitting welcome.”