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Britannia chips in £300,000 for car park upgrade

16 November 2015

Operators have enhanced standards at Weymouth’s multi-storey car park with a £300,000 refurbishment. Britannia Parking has installed new state-of-the-art lighting and innovative Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras at the facility in Commercial Road.

The 470-space complex is also the first of Bournemouth-based Britannia’s portfolio of 300 sites nationwide to be fitted with new barriers and pay machines.
New lightweight chip coins have replaced tickets and 350 low energy, eco-friendly LED lights have replaced old fluorescent lighting throughout the car park, which is the only multi-storey in Weymouth.
Brian Parker, Britannia Parking’s managing director, said: “As one of the busiest car parks in Weymouth, we recognise the multi-storey’s importance to the town centre, local economy and community.
“We have more than 25 years of experience establishing and managing car parks, and appreciate that high-quality parking facilities are important to create the best customer experience for motorists and help draw people into the town centre.
“Our £300,000 investment has improved the ambience and security at the car park, making it brighter, safer and more welcoming for our customers.
“The car park is the first of our sites nationwide to be fitted with new barriers and modern pay points, while the new lighting and machine will significantly reduce our carbon footprint.”
Brian added: “As a medium-sized business, and regarded as one of the most respected car park operators in the UK, we see ourselves as part of the community.
“We have always kept charges competitive in Weymouth, and continue to run a Privilege Card offering discounts for residents in the local postcode area.
“Our latest investment shows our commitment to a professional and high quality service to ensure Weymouth remains a successful car park for many years to come.”
Britannia holds the Park Mark award for its car parks, including the multi-storey. This is an initiative of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) under the national Safer Parking Scheme run by the British Parking Association.
Britannia has operated the car park in Weymouth since 2000, which was one of its first multi-storey sites nationwide.
It serves shops, including a pedestrian link to a Debenhams department store, restaurants and offices, as well as the local cinema, beach and leisure attractions.
The car park is manned by attendants in operating hours with extra security provided by CCTV covering the entire site, including lifts, which is monitored 24 hours a day.
New ANPR cameras have also increased security with chip coins matched with car registration plates on entry.
The new LED lighting has resulted in a 55% saving in electricity with bulbs lasting at least 10 years.
Britannia, which is wholly owned by its directors, employs 300 staff nationwide and has car parking ranging from Scotland to the South Coast.
The company, headquartered in Bournemouth, provides car park management services for the private and public sector, including 125 sites for supermarket chain Waitrose and 70 for national brewery Greene King.
It also provides transport services – including buses – for larger businesses to keep traffic out of city centres and reduce parking problems.

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