Designer car parking in the 'Big City Plan'

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Designer car parking in the 'Big City Plan'

Featured product: Perspex® Frost

Many of us think of city centre parking as a ‘hassle’, with car parks having a grim reputation for high charges and being easy targets for criminals. However, Millennium Point in central Birmingham, UK presents a very different image and that all comes down to a visionary city council which chose to work with Perspex® acrylic.

Birmingham’s new, multi-storey car park, featuring Perspex® Frost, is the latest addition to the skyline and will help stimulate regeneration of the area.  Located adjacent to the existing landmark Millennium Point development, the car park forms part of Birmingham City Council’s multi-million pound ‘Big City Plan’, which includes the creation of a new City Park.

This important urban regeneration programme is gradually transforming residential, business and shopping areas and the Council considers the provision of high quality car parking facilities as key to attracting local workers, commuters and visitors into the city.

The Millennium Point multi-storey car park is strikingly different and was conceived by Acivico, Design Construction & FM (formerly Urban Design), a multidisciplinary consultancy that provides design and construction services to the public sector. Acivico’s ethos is to create innovative building solutions that also meet key health and safety, value and sustainability criteria.

With such demanding considerations, choosing the right construction materials is always crucial and Acivico’s Project Architect, Mark Sloane had complete confidence in specifying Perspex® acrylic. He said: “We chose Perspex® acrylic for a number of reasons: first, it looked good and worked well with the palette of materials we were using. Its translucency helped transmit natural light during the day and the building’s internal lighting at night.

It was also extremely easy to work with and cost-effective as we were able to use full size panels which meant there was no waste.”

The use of Perspex® acrylic has helped create a well-lit, welcoming space for 1000 cars, which can be parked safely day and night.