Car park refurbishment that cost £2.7m leads to national award

Bedford Borough Mayor Dave Hodgson at Allhallows car park.
Bedford Borough Mayor Dave Hodgson at Allhallows car park.

A recently revamped Bedford car park has won a top award.

The Allhallows car park has been given the Best Car Park Refurbishment Award in the 2015 British Car Parking Awards.

It follows a £2.7 million overhaul of the 1960s build car park, which has 600 spaces, as part of the town’s £8.8 million Gateway regeneration project.

The five storey car park had long been identified as a building that was letting down the town centre.

Following the refurbishment, a disabled lift, re-designated disabled parking areas, CCTV and solar panels are housed within the well lit, easy to use building.

Mayor of Bedford Borough Dave Hodgson said: “Allhallows Multi-Storey Car Park had, like the old bus station it sat alongside, let Bedford town centre down for far too long. It looked terrible and did not offer a welcoming environment to motorists at all.

“Refurbishment was a major task, but we were committed to getting the job done properly as part of a comprehensive regeneration of the bus station area. This is exactly what has been achieved, with the experience of using the striking-looking car park now completely transformed. This award is a welcome recognition of this, and of the fact that everyone who worked on this project has helped to ensure Allhallows Car Park is fit for Bedford Town Centre today and for many years to come.”

Parking for the first two hours on Saturdays and all day Sunday is free at council-owned car parks.