Plans for 641-space Warrington car park submitted

The £15m multistorey car park from developer Parker Street MSCP would sit on the corner of Parker Street and Liverpool Street.

Stripe Consulting drew up the plans for the 175,258 sq ft building. Warrington’s centuries-old history in wire production inspired the design.

If Warrington Council approves the scheme, the car park would be six storeys tall and offer 641 spaces for cars. There would be 20 spaces for motorcycles and 20 for bicycles. The plans also include 32 disabled parking bays and 38 EV charging points.

Each car space will be 8 ft wide and 16 ft long, with accessible and parent and child bays being 12 ft wide and 16 ft long with an additional 4 ft corridor hatch.

Bank Quay Multi Storey Car Park 2, Parker St MSCP Ltd, P PLANNING DOC

Warrington’s centuries-old history in wire production inspired the design

The car park is meant to help both residents and those travelling through Warrington Bank Quay railway station.

“More rail users, office users and residents will need high quality, secure car parking of the type proposed, so the scheme meets a readily-identifiable need,” said Deborah Baker Barnett with Zerum, the project’s planning consultant. “It’ll make it easier to attract other developers and end-users if we put infrastructure of this type in place first and will hopefully encourage owners of nearby surface car parks to bring them forward for development.

“If permission is granted then the scheme will play its part in a much bigger picture around keeping Warrington fit-for-purpose for residents and employers alike,” she said.

The proposed car park would take over a 1.7-acre site currently occupied by Poundstretcher.

Vehicular access to the car park would be off White Street, while pedestrians would be able to enter the car park from both White Street and Parker Street.

If the proposal is approved, car parking system provider Ballast Nedam would construct the silver-coloured aluminium structure using its pre-cast concrete modular system build. Work would be expected to begin in spring 2022.

Professional advisors on the scheme include Keith Mather at Abacus Solicitors, Mosodi on highways and Ballast Nedam on parking systems.

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Given that the Time Square replacement MSCP has Wire industry-inspired cladding, may have been batter to use a Soap industry-inspired design for this one, now that the iconic Crossfields soap powder factory has closed.

By Bob

641 spaces for cars.
20 spaces for motorcycles.
20 spaces for bicycles (as will fit comfortably into 3 car spaces).
Yay, Warrington, keep encouraging active travel!

By John Lydon

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