Major improvements to Haymarket car park costing £1.8m begins

A number of improvements are being made to the Haymarket Car Park in order to make it safer, cleaner and easier for motorists to use.

Work is due to begin today (Tuesday 7 May) on extensively repairing and revamping the ageing building which will cost £1.8m.

This includes re-laying large areas of the top floor outdoor deck and installing a weatherproof covering, drainage improvements, and structural repairs to the concrete and brickwork.

New payment machines, better lighting, new electrics and improved CCTV will also be installed to make the car park safer and faster for customers to use, along with new number plate recognition cameras.

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The project will be split in to several phases, the first of which begins today and will see the top deck of Haymarket Car Park closed to the public to allow the work to get underway.

Motorists will still be able to use the spaces on the covered lower level during the works. Signs have been put up in the car park advising users about the first phase of the project, and will carry updates on further phases.

The improvements on the top deck are due to be completed by late summer 2019, after which it will reopen for public parking.

Work then shifts to the covered level below, meaning some spaces on that floor will be unavailable while the repairs are carried out. The whole programme of works is expected to be completed by November 2019.

The programme of work is being carried out as part of Leicester City Council’s parking improvement plan to upgrade car parks across the city as well as taking into account the wider redevelopments in the area.

Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “Haymarket Car Park provides valuable city centre parking, but it is badly in need of upgrading, both in terms of its structure and in terms of the technology used to enable customers to use it.”

“It’s a major programme of work, but it is badly needed to ensure Haymarket Car Park can offer high-quality, safe car parking in the city centre for many years to come.”

“The city council has been in discussions with nearby businesses, including the Haymarket Shopping Centre and the Haymarket Theatre, to ensure they are aware of the impact of the works, and reminder notices have been placed throughout the car park itself.”

The Haymarket Shopping centre will be open as normal during the work.