KKA designed the car park's cladding to evoke the historic Williamson Tunnels located underneath the site. Credit: via Influential

Paddington Village car park and energy centre completes

Morgan Sindall Construction has handed over the 14-storey car park to Liverpool City Council.

Designed by KKA, the car park has 1,249 spaces for cars, including 12 electric vehicle charging bays. The building has the capacity to grow that EV charging bay number to 130 if demand requires.

The car park also has spaces for cycles and motorcycles to be stored.

Located off Smithdown Lane in Paddington Village Central, the car park also has a combined heat and power energy centre on its ground floor. The centre will provide sustainable heat and energy for the 30-acre Paddington Village, which the city hopes will become a life-science, healthcare and technology destination.

Vital Energi helped refine the size and accommodation requirements for the energy centre, which was originally meant to be a separate building before it was decided to incorporate it into the car park design.

The car park’s distinctive cladding is an abstract depiction of the Williamson Tunnels, which are located beneath the site. The historic tunnels were created by Joseph Williamson in the early 19th century for an unknown reason.

“It’s been a real privilege for KKA to contribute to Paddington Village through our role on this new car park and energy centre,” said KKA director Kasia Borkowska.

She continued: “By incorporating the Williamson Tunnels into our work, we have ensured that the facility will reflect the area’s proud history while also helping to make Paddington Village and the wider Knowledge Quarter a new jewel in the crown for Liverpool.

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