The prestigious £6.5m Talbot Gateway car park has been
recognised at the annual parking awards in London, scooping the
best refurbishment category.
The project involved the alteration, repair and
refurbishment of an existing five-storey multi-storey car park in
Blackpool to deliver 658 spaces. The development agreement between
Blackpool Borough Council and Muse Developments brought contractor
Tolent Construction in to carry out the works.
Completed in 1939, Talbot Gateway is the oldest 'true' MSCP in
the country according to the Transport Trust. The car park was
extended from its original plan during the 1960s by means of a
reinforced concrete extension, spanning over the service yard and
access road to the adjacent Prudential House building. The
construction of the extension is substantially different to that of
the original car park.
The works to the car park form part of the first phase of a
larger, £220m regeneration project to transform Blackpool's town
It now forms a central part of the mixed-use scheme, which also
includes a 120,000 sq ft Sainsbury's store, a 126,000 sq ft,
energy-efficient office development 'Number 1 Bickerstaffe Square'
with ground floor retail and gym and extensive new public
Originally designed to offer four parking levels with public
toilets and Blackpool's main bus station at ground floor level, the
car park featured terracotta tiled facades and 'window' openings to
provide natural light and ventilation when it was first built.
When built, the MSCP provided space for 750 cars on its four
upper levels plus mezzanines and the roof, while the ground floor
was designed to house the town's bus station. The old bus station
area is tarea is to be converted into retail space as part of the
The structure, which has a steel and concrete frame, required a
considerable amount of concrete repair work to be done because of
its age. Its entry/exit ramp has a slope of 1 in 7.5. For internal
circulation, its ramps have a useable slope of 1 in 10.
StructureCare was appointed to carry out the concrete repairs
and deck waterproofing. This involved using sprayed concrete repair
techniques with Spraycem 301 cementitious repair mortar from Nufins. USL
StructureCare also utilised carbon fibre strengthening
materials from Mapei to strengthen the car park's columns, and
installed cathodic protection utilising hybrid galvanic anodes from