15 April, 2008 – NCP annouced as preferred supplier for Bolton Town Centre car parks
olton Council has announced NCP as its preferred partner for building at least three new multi-storey car parks in the town centre.
Under the terms of the deal, which will be finalised later this year, NCP would be responsible for the design, build, financing and operation of planned multi-storeys on Bath Street, Deane Road and Breightmet Street,which are a key element in the major regeneration of Bolton town centre.
The company was selected following a detailed procurement process and NCP will also be contracted to run and maintain surface level car parks in the town centre, manage on-street pay and display machines and manage the operation of CCTV on all council run car parks in the town centre.
Negotiations on the final details of the 35 year contract will take place over the coming months and the deal will only be finalised later this year. However, due to the timescales involved it is expected that NCP will undertake design work for the multi-storey car parks with immediate effect.
NCP have also agreed to work with the council to develop a variable message signage system which will offer motorists up-to-minute information on available car parking spaces in the town centre.
It is expected that the Bath Street and Deane Road car parks, which will each provide 800 spaces, will be completed by late 2009 with the 600 space Breightmet Street to follow a year later, subject to planning consent being given.
Representatives from all three political parties have been involved in the process. Labour Councillor and Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Development Councillor Ebrahim Adia, Leader of the Conservatives Councillor John Walsh and Liberal Democrat Councillor Margaret Rothwell welcomed the decision.
In a joint quote they said: “Providing accessible and affordable parking is an important part of both our regeneration and transport strategies for the town centre.
“Selecting a preferred partner to deliver on our commitment to at least three new multi-storeys is another significant milestone and we’re looking forward to working with NCP on what we consider to be a strong set of proposals.”
Mark Peasnall, Business Development Director at NCP, said: “We are very excited to have been given this opportunity to work with Bolton Council to achieve these plans and look forward to making a significant and direct contribution to the on-going success of the town centre’s regeneration projects.”
Source: Bolton Council press release