Poole. National Trust opts for Parkeon P&D terminals for new visitor centre
Parkeon has installed solar-powered Strada Rapide Pay & Display (P&D) terminals for the National Trust (NT) in the car park adjoining its vibrant new visitor centre at Stowe Landscape Gardens in Buckinghamshire.
Built on the site of a derelict farmhouse and coaching inn used by the earliest visitors to Stowe 300 years ago, the centre is part of an £8.5 million enhancement scheme at the world-famous Gardens, which attract over 120,000 visitors a year.
"The Stradas are neat and compact, so are unobtrusive in this historic setting. The Trust has also found them to be secure and reliable, which are important considerations on this 1,000 acre site", explained Tracie Tungate, Operations Manager at Stowe Landscape Gardens. "The solar option helps support the environmental sustainability of the development and minimises installation and running costs."
Parkeon has already supplied the NT with around 150 parking terminals at properties throughout England and Wales. They are predominantly solar-powered machines and accept both coin and credit/debit card payments at many sites.
The Stradas will enable the NT to introduce parking charges at the Gardens for the first time. All funds raised from parking will be used directly to fund further restoration projects in the Gardens.
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About Stowe Landscape Gardens
Stowe Landscape Gardens were created by some of the 18th century's leading architects, sculptors and gardeners, including 'Capability' Brown, John Vanbrugh and William Kent. With spectacular views, beautiful lakes, wooded valleys and over 40 temples and monuments, Stowe has been recognised as Europe's most influential landscape gardens.
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