Allhallows multi-storey car park and public toilets are to be
given a £2.7 million refurbishment as part of the regeneration
project to improve Bedford bus station.
Site investigations are already underway and the works are
expected to start in Spring 2013. The shops below the car park will
remain open throughout the works.
The works will take place as part of the regeneration project to
improve the bus station area announced by Mayor Dave Hodgson. This
will include a new and improved bus station waiting area and the
construction of a new surface car park on the site of the former
Gwyn and Patteshull Court block of flats.
The major refurbishment of Allhallows car park includes:
- Major improvements to the multi storey car park, including
repairs to concrete and construction joints, use of energy
efficient lighting, waterproof decking and a new payment
- Refurbishment of the public toilets with modernised disabled
- New shopfronts, including new windows and doors which will
improve the appearance of shops in Greenhill Street, below the car
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Thanks to savings
and efficiencies identified throughout the Council, we have set
aside significant funding to improve the bus station area.
“This is a vital gateway to the town centre and it has been in
need of modernising and development for decades. We are therefore
pleased to be delivering this regeneration of the bus station area
in the face of the extremely tough economic climate, starting with
these major improvements to Allhallows multi-storey car park. We
will also be completely refurbishing and improving the public
toilets, including modernising the facilities for users with
“Soon, we will also start construction of a new surface car park
on the site of the former Gwyn and Patteshull Court blocks of flats
and we hope to announce details of further improvements to the area
in the near future.”
The refurbishment of the toilets will require the closure of the
facilities while the work is taking place. However, temporary
toilet provision will be provided on Hassett Street during this
time to minimise any inconvenience to the Public.
Allhallows MSCP was built in 1960 and structural surveys have
found it is in need of urgent refurbishment and it remains the last
of the Council car parks to be refurbished.
In order to minimise disruption to users the refurbishment will
take place in stages with the car park remaining in use for the
majority of the works. Clearly, this means the refurbishment will
take longer compared to completely closing the car park. As a
result, the full refurbishment programme is scheduled to take 52
weeks with a four week closure when work will take place on the
entrance and exit ramps.
The Council is now liaising with local business to explain and
minimise the impact of the works on them.