It has been open just three months but a new £32 million multi-storey car park operated by OCS has already received three parking accreditations.
The 1,400-space car park at centre:mk, which offers additional services such as carry to car and electric car charging points, is one of only three car parks in Milton Keynes to receive the Disabled Parking Accreditation. The DPA, which is managed by the BPA (British Parking Association), aims to improve parking for disabled people and reduce abuse of disabled spaces. Its accreditation requires operators to provide suitable facilities such as accessible payment machines and alternative payment methods and make concessions that recognise the extra time required. Operators must also adopt an active management strategy to ensure there is a minimal occurrence of disabled bay abuse.
The car park has also passed its BPA assessment and it was awarded the Park Mark by the Safer Parking Scheme following an assessment by the police. A quarter of car parks in the UK have achieved the required standard to display the Park Mark, which reassures drivers that their vehicles are being left in a safer environment.
Jade Neville, Parking Services Manager at centre:mk, attributes the awards to both the design of the car park, which was built with 'ease of use and the accessibility of guests in mind', and the hard work of the team. She says: "The team has worked hard on continuing the award-winning service that is provided within the centre to the car park, meaning guests get a gold standard service from the moment they enter."