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Hi-tech car park is nearing completion
12:40pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
KIMMERFIELD’S car park, which is a crucial step in the first stage of the £350m business improvement scheme, is expected to be finished in two weeks.
The 850-space car park at the old police station in the town centre, which uses innovative technology to offer drivers a secure space, is due to open by mid-November.
Hi-tech systems have been included in the construction to allow season ticket holders to glide through the barriers without showing their cards by using number plate recognition.
All of the building work has been completed and the final checks are taking place to make sure everything will run smoothly once Swindon Council takes over the service.
Councillor Garry Perkins, cabinet member for economy, regeneration and culture, said sales for season tickets have nearly doubled in the past six months, which he says is testament to its success.
He said: “It’s good that everything is nearly finished. People care about their cars, they spend a lot of money on them, so it’s important to be able to offer people a secure car park. It’s an additional attraction to offer the business community.”
He said the new car park has already attracted more workers to the area, with office spaces being snapped up around the construction.
Kimmerfields is the office-led mixed-use development that is being pushed ahead by Swindon Council, economic development firm Forward Swindon and developer Muse.
When completed, the project will include 650,000 sq ft of offices, 150,000 sq ft of ancillary retail, 450 residential units, a new bus station, hotel and public square, a regrading of Fleming Way and a new junction and road systems at Gordon Road and Whalebridge.
The council-owned Wyvern Theatre’s car park and Carlton MSCP are due to close after Christmas. Once these facilities are shut down the authority will have removed 1,302 spaces from the town’s car parks, leaving 4,000 bays overall for drivers.
There is not an official opening date yet for the multi-storey car park but it is expected to be in the next few weeks when an opening ceremony will be held.
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