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APT Skidata technology at the heart of Trinity Shopping Centre parking provision

A range of sophisticated parking technology from APT Skidata, the world leader in vehicle access and parking solutions, has been installed as part of the refurbishment of the new car park at the Trinity shopping centre in Leeds to further enhance the shopping experience.

Prior to opening the leisure and shopping centre, Land Securities bought a nearby NCP car park in Boar Lane to provide up to 630 new spaces. As part of the renovation of the Trinity car park, APT Skidata is providing and installing a range of equipment that includes its latest pay-on-foot terminals, power cash pay machines (with a print at home facility and chip and pin), entry/exit barriers, Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology and IP CCTV. The systems will be powered by its Parking.Logic management software.

In addition to the new car park system, Land Securities reversed the flow of traffic to accommodate a new one-way system., It repainted the site and installed new lighting and CCTV. It also built a new customer service/security office.

Paul Plumbley, Portfolio Car Park Manager for Land Securities, says this new facility has greatly improved visitors’ parking experience: “Leeds is not particularly well served for car parks, especially in the centre, so it was crucial to keep it operational even when the major works were ongoing,” he says. “It was not an easy feat.

“The car park was only shut down for what was effectively one day and we now have a state-of-the-art car park with a link to the shopping centre where visitors can be in the centre within two minutes. We now even have the ability to issue discount vouchers to members by email that they can print out and use, and season pass holders can come and go as they please thanks to the ANPR system.”

Opened in March 2013, Trinity Leeds is a shopping and leisure centre in the heart of Leeds and is named after the adjacent 18th century Holy Trinity Church, and attracted more than 130,000 visitors on opening day.

The development is in two parts – Trinity East, a new build development on the site of the former Trinity and Burton Arcades, and Trinity West, the redeveloped Leeds Shopping Plaza. The combined scheme has 93,000m2 of retail floor space for 120 stores.

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