Q-Parks Liver Street car park wins RIBA architectural award

The 500-space Liver Street car park, Liverpool, has won a prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)award.
The ultra modern building, designed by architects Wilkinson Eyre, features the extensive use of aluminium, steel, glass, concrete and zinc. The six floor car park was one of the winners in the North-West regional awards. A special RIBA plaque will be displayed at the car park, which now goes forward to the national awards.

Q-Park worked closely with the architects and the developers Grosvenor to ensure that the car park complies with Q-Park's stringent design and quality criteria and forms a welcoming and convenient entrance to one of Europes most vibrant and innovative retail and leisure centres.

One of the RIBA judges said in the citation: The design of this scheme successfully deals with the problem which multi-storey car parks so often face, of how such a building use can make an enjoyable and meaningful part of the urban fabric in which it stands.

Although this is a tough building type and the materials necessarily harsh, the jury felt this was a powerful contribution to the rapidly growing urban context in which it stands, well conceived and carefully positioned. A building worthy of an award.

Liver Street is the first of three Q-Park car parks which will serve the new Liverpool One development - the UKs largest city centre regeneration scheme. The other two car parks: Strand Street, a 1,850 space four-level underground car park, and Gradwell Street, a 553-space multi-storey, are scheduled to open in 2008 - Liverpools European City of Culture year.
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