Blackpool – Talbot Road MSCP
In 2007, Muse Developments won a competition to become Blackpool Council’s development partner for the regeneration of the Talbot Gateway area and the following year, Parking Matters was commissioned to review the proposed parking strategy for the scheme. We suggested a significant reduction in the number of parking spaces proposed by Blackpool Council for the development and supported the proposal for the refurbishment of the existing MSCP. The original building, dating from 1937, had been due to be demolished and replaced by a new car park.
In collaboration with the design team, Parking Matters created a comprehensive refurbishment scheme that included structural glass cladding on a stainless steel skeleton, attached to the existing structural frame. Also included were new and refurbished pedestrian cores, new lifts, sustainable lighting systems and innovative architectural lighting to compliment Blackpool’s annual Illuminations festival. Our design brief defined the space standards, lighting, equipment specifications and finishes, ensuring that the building was transformed into a state of the art car park.
Our analysis of car parking requirements allowed Muse to significantly reduce the investment required, helping to ensure the viability of the scheme. In addition to being attractive and user friendly, the car park is easy to clean and maintain despite its proximity to the sea. Talbot Road MSCP won “Best Refurbishment” at the 2014 BPA Parking Awards.
Andy Barton, Project Manager, Muse Developments Limited
“Both Muse and the Council are very pleased with the transformation of the car park and the BPA award! Nigel and the design team helped us deliver a high quality, modern facility that makes a positive contribution to the urban environment, reduces the Council’s carbon footprint and delivers 458 significantly improved parking spaces in Blackpool.”