Reading's new Q-Park multi-storey introduces 21st century car parking

Reading's new multi-storey car park in Chatham Place not only provides 600 new spaces for one of Britain's fastest growing towns, but it also offers advanced levels of safety, security and customer service never before seen in any of the town's car parks.
The car park owned and operated by Q-Park is a 10-floor car park with natural wood louvre panels made from sustainable sources on the outside and bright, attractive stainless steel lattice mesh. Inside, Q-Park's specially trained and uniformed staff operate the most modern technology to make parking a pleasant experience, not a chore.

The new car park is:
Manned 24 hours a day by uniformed 'hosts' in conjunction with 24/7 secure entry and exit technology
Designed and built to make maximum use of natural lighting, using open aspects, bright reflective surfaces and environmentally-friendly lighting systems that maintain safe, bright internal areas for drivers and passengers, but without high energy usage or costs
Offers a wide range of payment options, starting at 1 per hour, with season, weekly and events tickets available: and payment can be by coins or notes, credit or debit cards
Incorporates the latest CCTV security surveillance covering entries and exits and all floors, and this is linked to a 24/7 manned control centre
Provides additional customer services including the loan of baby buggies during the period that customers' cars are parked, and umbrellas; and
Offers services such as a shoe polishing machine, battery 'jump start' kit, and tyre compressor/inflator.

Parking is made easy through the use of special floor coating, which is not only smooth and comfortable to drive and walk on, but also allows the large parking bays to be clearly and colourfully marked. Ramps to and from the different levels are wide and shallow, and the construction design eliminates intrusive or obstructive columns - both of which help make parking fast and simple.

The new Chatham Place car park is part of a 250 million development, including shops and homes, by Muse Developments (formerly AMEC). It is a significant step forwards in the expansion of Reading town centre, a major initiative that is being supported by Government funding and the establishment of a new company, Reading UK CIC, which co-ordinates action on the economic development of the town.

Tom Crisp, Lead Councillor for Planning and Transport at Reading Borough Council, said: "When you consider the car park that once stood at this site, this is a vast improvement. In contrast with the old, grey concrete structure, this is a good example of a car park designed to the highest standards, both in terms of external appearance, but also in terms of a customer safety and the facilities available to drivers on site."


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