One of Plymouth’s main city centre car parks has undergone a £100,000 makeover to make it safer and more user-friendly with brighter, eco-friendly LED lighting installed.
The Harbour Car Park in Lockyers Quay is a 340-space multi-storey car park regularly used by visitors to the adjacent National Marine Aquarium in Sutton Harbour, as well as people heading for the nearby Barbican Leisure Park in Coxside, or visiting the Barbican via the Sutton Harbour lock bridge.
Owner Sutton Harbour Holdings plc has invested £70,000 in installing a sustainable LED lighting system at the long-stay car park to make the facility much brighter in the evenings and improve safety conditions, as well as reducing energy use.
A further £20,000 has been spent on larger, clearer signage, including bright, colourful, fish-themed signs for each level to help people remember where they parked their car. The remaining investment has funded an updated payment machine system which will be easier for motorists to use, as well as the cost of repainting areas of the car park with bright white reflective paint.
Paul James, Asset Manager for Sutton Harbour Holdings plc, said: “The Harbour Car Park is well used by people visiting the aquarium as well as the cinema and the Barbican Leisure Park, and people often park here then cross the lock bridge to reach the Barbican area of Sutton Harbour or the city centre on foot.
“We felt it was a priority to ensure the facility was as welcoming and safe an environment as possible, especially given that the car park remains open until 11.30pm each night, so we invested in a brighter LED lighting system and will be redecorating using bright white reflective paint. This is a very environmentally-friendly approach with reduced carbon emissions due to more efficient lights which will ultimately decrease the amount of electricity consumed.
“In addition there are newly painted columns within the car park and clearer signs for each parking level, as well as at the entrance, and bright, colourful signs on each floor with fish designs which are fun for children and families using the car park, and link up to the aquarium next door. New payment machines will operate a vehicle registration recognition system, which we hope will be easier and more straightforward for people to use.”
The new payment machines will accept card, cash and pay-by-phone payments.
Sutton Harbour Holdings plc also owns a 51-space surface car park on Lambhay Hill on the Barbican side of Sutton Harbour, and both facilities are managed for the company by Britannia Parking Limited, a specialist parking agency.
The Harbour Car Park is open every day from 6.30am until 11.30pm, and from 8.30am-11.30pm on Sundays.