The construction of a multi-story car park situated within a £300m regeneration initiative in Bolton town centre has been completed by contractor McLaren.
The Deane Road multi-storey car park opened this week and was built in a joint project by Bolton Council and National Car Parks.
The six-storey facility contains 805 spaces and it will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Work is also underway to build a car park on Topp Way, which is due to open in February next year.
Cllr John Byrne, Bolton Council's executive member for development, said: "This is a significant landmark for the Innovation Zone, and it signals that work within the zone is well and truly underway. The £90m education college campus will open in September next year and Bolton One, a £31m town centre health, leisure and research complex, in 2012. We hope that providing safe and secure car parking will serve the new developments and also bring in new visitors."
Tariffs start at £1.40 for the first hour with a four hour stay costing £3.40. Contract parking is also available.
The Bolton innovation zone is expected to generate 4,000 new jobs and £300m of private sector investment.
The masterplan for the zone has been carried out by planning consultancy EDAW, which has an office in Manchester. It has worked in consultation with stakeholders and potential partners. The project has been ongoing for three years.
The scheme includes 30 hectares of commercial development space, which is likely to include a mixture of high quality office space, leisure facilities and residential space, to complement a 'knowledge hub', comprising the University of Bolton, and soon-to-be constructed colleges and Bolton One.