Project Ipswich, “Crown” Car Park, United Kingdom

537 parking bays including 17 motorbike parking spots

The “Crown” car park in Ipswich, England, opened its doors to the public in July 2018. With a mandate to invest into the town centre, Ipswich Borough Council commissioned Huber car park systems international, a HUBER-Group company, to realize the “Crown” multi-storey car park in the heart of the town.  The car park is intended to diminish inner-city traffic looking for parking space.  With a footprint of 3.990 m² the car park hosts a total of 537 parking bays including 17 motorbike parking spots on seven split levels.

Due to its optimal location the steel-frame MSCP provides easy access to the neighbouring leisure centre “Crown Pools”, the town museum and shopping centres.

Extravagant Façade Design

Inspired by the street name “Crown” the golden hue, the form and the layout of the powder-coated aluminium façade were chosen to replicate a “crown”.  In the daytime, the different shades of the façade elements come into their own particularly well while at night the illumination throughout the car park lets it shine quite radiantly.

The two parking structures are separated by a narrow atrium which offsets the two buildings and not only allows natural light to enter the car parks, it also allows for improved natural ventilation of all parking levels.

This state-of-the-art MSCP features 28 e-charging stations distributed on the ground floor, the second and the fourth storey.  Moreover, the car park is equipped with 40 CCTV cameras, respective server infrastructure and software to ensure the safety of its visitors.  A sophisticated BMS – “Building Management System” – allows for online opening and closing of the entire car park.