The most colourful car park in town opens to motorists as part of Bournemouth’s Town Centre Vision

REGENERATION: Council leader John Beesley at the Madeira Road car park, with Roger Ball, service director for environment and regeneration services

REGENERATION: Council leader John Beesley at the Madeira Road car park, with Roger Ball, service director for environment and regeneration services

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THE first public building to be completed as part of Bournemouth’s Town Centre Vision – and the most colourful car park in town – will open to customers today.

The seven-storey, 382-space Madeira Road car park was officially unveiled last week and opens today.

During construction, the 70ft high structure has become a high-profile landmark from the Wessex Way because of its large, bright aluminium fins that range in colour from pale yellow to bright orange.

The building is part of a major regeneration project led by the Bournemouth Development Company – a partnership between the council and Morgan Sindall Investments. BDC plans to redevelop a number of council-owned surface car parks to help provide more housing, drive regeneration and stimulate the economy.

BDC director Duncan Johnston said: “Sites such as this new car park will remain in council ownership so staying as publicly-owned assets for the town into the future.”

And Cllr John Beesley, leader of Bournemouth council, said: “These developments are all about creating catalysts for regeneration and improving the quality of life in Bournemouth through investment, jobs, economic growth and a better environment.”

The multi-storey, which has a development value of £4million, is next door to another BDC development, the £23million construction of three blocks of student accommodation for the Arts University Bournemouth.

And at nearby Horseshoe Common, BDC is working on a £12.5million development of 64 apartments and a commercial unit called the Citrus Building.

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6:23pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Teddy 1 says...

Its an ugly eye sore....in the wrone place...its miles from the shops! Is this the new imax. Those cheap orange and yellow plastic 'things' will look dreadful in a year or two when they go green with moss/weather damaged. Well done Bournemouth council...again!
Its an ugly eye sore....in the wrone place...its miles from the shops! Is this the new imax. Those cheap orange and yellow plastic 'things' will look dreadful in a year or two when they go green with moss/weather damaged. Well done Bournemouth council...again! Teddy 1
  • Score: 11

7:03pm Tue 18 Mar 14

muscliffman says...

Who is going to use this awful looking car park?

It's a up a steep hill and a long way from anywhere that virtually anyone would want to go - akin to Castlepoint without any of the shops!
Who is going to use this awful looking car park? It's a up a steep hill and a long way from anywhere that virtually anyone would want to go - akin to Castlepoint without any of the shops! muscliffman
  • Score: 2

7:09pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Old Colonial says...

muscliffman wrote:
Who is going to use this awful looking car park?

It's a up a steep hill and a long way from anywhere that virtually anyone would want to go - akin to Castlepoint without any of the shops!
Students in the new blocks?
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Who is going to use this awful looking car park? It's a up a steep hill and a long way from anywhere that virtually anyone would want to go - akin to Castlepoint without any of the shops![/p][/quote]Students in the new blocks? Old Colonial
  • Score: 8

7:34pm Tue 18 Mar 14

muscliffman says...

Old Colonial wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
Who is going to use this awful looking car park?

It's a up a steep hill and a long way from anywhere that virtually anyone would want to go - akin to Castlepoint without any of the shops!
Students in the new blocks?
Students can afford to pay Uni fees, run cars AND then just to park them?
[quote][p][bold]Old Colonial[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Who is going to use this awful looking car park? It's a up a steep hill and a long way from anywhere that virtually anyone would want to go - akin to Castlepoint without any of the shops![/p][/quote]Students in the new blocks?[/p][/quote]Students can afford to pay Uni fees, run cars AND then just to park them? muscliffman
  • Score: 3

7:44pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Hobad1 says...

Teddy 1 wrote:
Its an ugly eye sore....in the wrone place...its miles from the shops! Is this the new imax. Those cheap orange and yellow plastic 'things' will look dreadful in a year or two when they go green with moss/weather damaged. Well done Bournemouth council...again!
It's also a distraction to drivers as you are driving along the wessex way.
[quote][p][bold]Teddy 1[/bold] wrote: Its an ugly eye sore....in the wrone place...its miles from the shops! Is this the new imax. Those cheap orange and yellow plastic 'things' will look dreadful in a year or two when they go green with moss/weather damaged. Well done Bournemouth council...again![/p][/quote]It's also a distraction to drivers as you are driving along the wessex way. Hobad1
  • Score: 1

7:47pm Tue 18 Mar 14

kalebmoledirt says...

True to the vision of Bournemouth council.they got some bloke in a shed with an ancient PC to come up with a great looking car park just after the globe trotting traveller had passed the illuminated sign apologizing for the litter.you need to think Renzo Piano, Sir Norman Foster.or better still an image consultant.to stop Bournemouth becoming the poor cousine of Boscombe
True to the vision of Bournemouth council.they got some bloke in a shed with an ancient PC to come up with a great looking car park just after the globe trotting traveller had passed the illuminated sign apologizing for the litter.you need to think Renzo Piano, Sir Norman Foster.or better still an image consultant.to stop Bournemouth becoming the poor cousine of Boscombe kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 0

10:35pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Hessenford says...

Lets regenerate Bournemouth town center and attract more visitors by building a car park a mile away from anything, is this Bournemouth Council or an unearthed script from Dads Army.
Lets regenerate Bournemouth town center and attract more visitors by building a car park a mile away from anything, is this Bournemouth Council or an unearthed script from Dads Army. Hessenford
  • Score: 7

1:54am Wed 19 Mar 14

MrPitiful says...

Anyone know how much it costs to park there in comparison to the places around Lansdowne/Asda that offer the "five-day"rates?

Surely.Mon-Fri, as a "local asset" it should be marketed towards 9-5 office workers and then at weekends more towards day-trippers or shoppers.

I know as some have said, it is a bit of a distance from most of the shops but then a lot of the larger car parks are. You're never going to fit everyone into Exeter Rd car park or down by the Pavilion on a Saturday.
Anyone know how much it costs to park there in comparison to the places around Lansdowne/Asda that offer the "five-day"rates? Surely.Mon-Fri, as a "local asset" it should be marketed towards 9-5 office workers and then at weekends more towards day-trippers or shoppers. I know as some have said, it is a bit of a distance from most of the shops but then a lot of the larger car parks are. You're never going to fit everyone into Exeter Rd car park or down by the Pavilion on a Saturday. MrPitiful
  • Score: 5

8:50am Wed 19 Mar 14

Dibbles2 says...

I drove past this last weekend and the bright red Madeira sign is awful it glows so much it must have an impact on nearby properties. I really cant see the point in it being lit up at 3 and 5am.
I drove past this last weekend and the bright red Madeira sign is awful it glows so much it must have an impact on nearby properties. I really cant see the point in it being lit up at 3 and 5am. Dibbles2
  • Score: 5

9:58am Wed 19 Mar 14

Ms daisy says...

It might be colourful but Im not impressed all that building work looks awful.
It might be colourful but Im not impressed all that building work looks awful. Ms daisy
  • Score: 3

9:05am Thu 20 Mar 14

old duffa says...

at least its built
move it to castlepoint
job done
at least its built move it to castlepoint job done old duffa
  • Score: 2

6:44pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Vicvic says...

Beesley is an Idiot
Beesley is an Idiot Vicvic
  • Score: 1

6:44pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Vicvic says...

just look at him
just look at him Vicvic
  • Score: 1

2:25pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Sameb1 says...

OMG who said that looks good are we trying to get Bournemouth to look like Milton Keynes where do they come up with such utter trap
OMG who said that looks good are we trying to get Bournemouth to look like Milton Keynes where do they come up with such utter trap Sameb1
  • Score: 0

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