A spectacular firework display lit up the skies above Leeds at the end of January to mark the completion of a £9m multi-storey car park refurbishment. The works carried out to the Merrion centre car park is Europe’s largest carbon fibre structural strengthening project with over 18,000 sq m of Sika Carbodur Carbon Fibre Wrap going into the structure.
The celebration also marked operator CitiPark’s rebranding from Town Centre Car Parks to reflect its recent expansion and its plans for rapid growth over the next five years.
The Merrion Centre car park was the first of its kind in the UK and was one of the biggest car parks in Europe when it was first built 50 years ago. Now owner Town Centre Securities has installed automated vehicle number plate recognition and electric car charging points.
CitiPark MD Ben Ziff said the approach would now be rolled out on such as a recent partnership with Watford Council which will see CitiPark become the new operator of three Watford Councils car parks.
Ziff said: “Our Merrion centre car park is now one of the most technologically advanced, user friendly and sustainable facilities of its kind anywhere in the UK. State-of-the-art technology including automated number plate recognition systems, LED lighting and contactless payment has been introduced at the car park which serves Merrion centre customers, the business community and visitors to the First Direct Arena and wider Arena Quarter.