14/03/2012 - Eastside wins project award

Millennium Point MSCP or ‘Eastside’ as it has come to be known, in the heart of Birmingham, has won the coveted Best New Car Park award at the annual event in London.

Millennium Point MSCP or ‘Eastside’ as it has come to be known, in the heart of Birmingham, has won the coveted Best New Car Park award at the annual event in London.

Built by Thomas Vale Construction in partnership with Birmingham City Council and Urban Design; the client called for an inspiration and high quality project to serve the Eastside area of the city and its future regeneration, which is part of the city council’s ‘Big City Plan’.

The Millennium Point - multi storey car park (MSCP) is the first piece in the jigsaw in a multi million pound regeneration of the Eastside area of Birmingham. The catalyst for the regeneration is the creation of the new city park located directly in front of Millennium Point. The creation of the park resulted in the compulsory purchase of the existing Millennium Point surface car park.

In order to facilitate the land acquisition Birmingham City Council agreed to construct a new 7 storey, 984 space, multi-storey car park on part of the site to “free-up” the frontage and make way for the new city park, which is currently under construction.

One of the primary design elements on the city-line development is the façade – where acrylic panels have been used to create ‘light cubes’ which form the aesthetic 3D panels.

Waheed Nazir, Director of Planning and Regeneration at Birmingham City Council noted: “We are justifiably proud of the Multi-Storey Car Park at Millennium Point which achieves a combination of the best in terms of functionality and customer experience, with architectural quality and visual appeal.

“Innovative use of materials, colour and lighting, and the clever device of varying the orientation of standard cladding panels gives the building a richness of detail and pattern with a strong day and night presence, that makes it unique. Generous public access and circulation space along with excellent natural and internal lighting make using the car park a safe and pleasant experience”.

The British Parking Awards were launched by Parking Review magazine in 2002 and were immediately recognised as the ultimate recognition of excellence and achievement in parking management, design, new build, teamwork and innovation.