Willmott Dixon granted Gateshead Quays multi-storey car park contract in England

WCN Editorial Team 14 Apr 2021 EUROPE BUILDINGS

The North team of Willmott Dixon has been granted a £22.9m contract to construct a multi-storey car park in the Baltic Quarter of Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England.

Willmott Dixon was appointed for the project by Gateshead Council through the Scape National Major Works framework and will ensure the construction of 1,000 parking spaces.

Part of an extensive renovation of the area, the project also includes a landmark Arena, Conference and Exhibition centre. It is also expected to create about 2,000 jobs and refashion the Gateshead quayside.

Recently, in 2020, Willmott Dixon delivered their 11th project to Gateshead Council: the £12.8m ‘Riga’ office development (the first Grade-A office building in the Gateshead Quays), which is also in the Baltic Quarter of Gateshead.

This latest project, a 10-storey steel-framed structure, will be their 12th for the Council and will provide vital parking space to complement the new £260m Newcastle Gateshead Quays development. Their partnership has seen over £63m of local spend.

The facility will also include 50 electric vehicle charge points, with provision for a further 300 in the future.

Extra facilities provided are a new pay on exit parking management system, spaces for motorcycles, and an exclusive disabled parking area.

To encourage green energy and reduce the carbon footprint, a collection of photovoltaic (PV) panels will be installed above the top level of parking.

 Gateshead Council Economy, Innovation and Growth strategic director Peter Udall said: “We are very excited to see this crucial piece of the Newcastle Gateshead Quays infrastructure work start on site. The car park is essential to Arena, Conference and Exhibition centre development, but will also provide much needed parking for the new Grade-A Riga office building and further developments on Baltic Quarter into the future. This is an important piece of a larger jigsaw that will be a catalyst for further development and the opportunities for new jobs and local businesses.”

Willmott Dixon North team managing director Anthony Dillon said: “We are delighted to once again be working with Gateshead Council on this exciting and integral project as part of the transformation of the Gateshead Quays. Supporting local jobs and generating prosperity is at the heart of our business and through our extensive portfolio of work in the region, we have developed an expert local supply chain. Across the 11 projects we have previously delivered for Gateshead Council, we’ve invested more than £63.8m with local businesses within 20 miles of our projects, we look forward to furthering this trend.”

SCAPE group chief executive Mark Robinson said: “Investment in sustainable public infrastructure is vital to improving towns and cities, but it’s more important than ever now, as we look to stimulate the economic recovery. As one of our shareholders, Gateshead Council has chosen to accelerate this project through the SCAPE framework, in order to maximise the social value outcomes created through collaborative partnerships. I have no doubt that with Willmott Dixon’s expertise and the support of a strong, local supply chain, this will play a key part in the wider regeneration strategy for Gateshead Quays and support the region’s levelling up agenda.”

An expert maker of car park superstructures, Willmott Dixon constructed the largest car parking structure in Liverpool City, the 1,450 space Kings Dock Car Park, in 2020.

Willmott Dixon is also constructing a 654 space, seven-storey car park at Dorset County Hospital.

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The facility will also include 50 electric vehicle charge points, with provision for a further 300 in the future. Credit: Tuesday Temptation/Unsplash.

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