Up on the roof - Amersham Multi-Storey Car Park extension reaches key milestone
This week (12 September 2018) Chiltern District Council (CDC) and construction company Balfour Beatty celebrated a key milestone in the construction of the new multi-storey car park extension in Amersham, next to the Chiltern Railways/London Underground Railway Station.
The last section of the structure has now been cast and a special celebratory ceremony to mark reaching the highest point of the building took place on the top floor of the car park.
Work started on site to extend the original 680-space Amersham multi-storey car park in October 2017 and is expected to be completed by November 2018.
The new building is positioned over the main body of the surface parking area next to the original building. There are five levels within the extension providing a total of 502 spaces and includes a lift with provision for additional electric car charge points and CCTV.
It is anticipated that the extension will increase long-stay parking use at the multi-storey car park (by commuters), freeing up more short-stay spaces in the Sycamore Road car park which is closer to the town centre, a potential boost for shoppers and local businesses.
The Balfour Beatty construction team has phased their on-site operations to ensure that the existing multi-storey car park has remained operational throughout the building works, and all efforts have been made to minimise inconvenience to the public while construction is underway.
At the ceremony Cllr Mike Smith, Chiltern District Council's Cabinet Member for Environment said: "I am pleased the build has come in on time, within budget and the existing multi - storey remained operational throughout the works. Thanks to Balfour Beatty, Scape and our own team at Chiltern for achieving this. Once open the extension will increase long-stay parking use here, freeing up more short-stay spaces in the other car parks closer to the town centre, a potential boost for local businesses.
"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. We are looking forward to our existing customers coming back to the car park and to attracting new ones."
Aaron Webb, Balfour Beatty Project Manager, said: "We are delighted to have reached this vital milestone in the delivery of the extension to Amersham Multi-Storey Car Park with the structure now reaching its highest point.
"On completion, the new development will improve car parking capacity, and represents a significant investment in Amersham and its surrounding communities. We look forward to working alongside Chiltern District Council to deliver the final elements of the scheme."
Victoria Brambini, Managing Director, Scape Procure said: "Equipping our cities with modern parking facilities helps to support urban regeneration and drive economic growth by boosting tourism and footfall whilst simultaneously attracting inward investment to the area. Through our Civil Engineering and Infrastructure framework, the council will secure a fit-for-purpose, sustainable facility to meet increasing demand from visitors and residents within the local communities for years to come."