Extension to Amersham multi-storey car park has begun
Work to extend Amersham's multi-storey car park got underway on Monday 16 October.
The new building will be positioned over the main body of the surface parking area next to the existing building. There will be five levels within the extension providing a total of 502 extra spaces and include a lift with provision for additional electric car charge points and CCTV.
A capacity survey carried out in June last year showed the existing 680-space car park was at full capacity three days a week with demand growing, mainly from commuters travelling into London. The proposed extension is expected to meet that increasing demand until 2036. Work is being carried out by contractors Balfour Beatty.
It is also anticipated that the extension will increase long-stay parking use at the multi-storey car park, freeing up more short-stay spaces in the Sycamore Road car park closer to the town centre, a potential boost for local businesses.
The existing multi-storey car park will remain operational throughout the building works, and all efforts will be made to minimise inconvenience to the public while construction is underway. However, there will be times when space at the car park will be restricted.
Season ticket and permit holders are being notified of when this is likely to be with recommendation of where to park if the multi-storey car park is full. Notices are also being posted up in the car park and in the Amersham rail station to ensure casual/occasional users know what is going on and where to park.
Details can also be found at Amersham Multi Storey / Station car park
Cllr Mike Smith, Chiltern District Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, said: "This represents a multi-million pound investment for Amersham and its surrounding communities at no cost to the local tax payer as the income from the additional parking spaces will pay for the development over time."
"The existing multi-storey car park was built in 1989/90. It has served us well in the intervening years and is still in good shape - it's just not providing the capacity to meet demand any longer. The space is available to extend the existing structure, and that seems to be the best option in practical and financial terms."
Jonathan Winter, Balfour Beatty Managing Director said, "I am delighted that Balfour Beatty and Chiltern District Council are working together on this exciting opportunity. The award of this contract is another example of the importance of early contractor engagement through the Scape Framework. Our relationship with Chiltern District Council has enabled us to work together to deliver a proposal that provides us with a solid foundation from which to excel in the build of this new development that will enhance the parking provision for local residents and those visiting Amersham."