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Multistorey Car Park

Thurrock, Essex

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Client: Private Developer

Project: Development of a five storey (plus ground floor) car storage building.

Cost: £36.5M

RIBA Project Stages: 0 - 7

Development of a five storey (plus ground floor) car storage building, providing 8,164 car storage spaces of 2.6 x 5m each, together with ground level parking and ramps at Purfleet Thames Terminal, which is adjacent to the north bank of the River Thames, immediately to the west of the Dartford Crossing. The site is bound by the C2C railway line to the north and a former food production facility to the south. The surrounding land is in industrial and port related uses.

The opportunity

This brownfield site had been unused for a number of years and was purchased by the client who initially gained planning consent to deliver a level storage area for car parking. Since this time and due to growing customer demand, the project delivery strategy changed and the decision was taken to progress with the design and planning for a multi-storey car parking facility. This presented a unique opportunity, not only to develop a dormant site on the eastern boundary of the client’s estate but to provide much needed additional car storage and operational flexibility.

The challenge

The demand for additional car storage space from the client’s customers meant that the delivery programme was of upmost importance, with a 10-month duration agreed with the contractor. The site is in close proximity to the C2C railway and Total Project Integration worked closely with Network Rail in order to obtain, in a timely manner, the Basic Asset Protection Agreements (BAPAs) required during piling operations and steel erection. In addition, Total Project Integration worked closely with the Client, Contractor, and regulatory authorities in order to agree the remediation strategy following the discovery of contaminated ground during the works. Additionally, the works were completed during the COVID-19 national lockdown, with special measures implemented to keep the contract works running.

The outcome

The project has been successfully completed, providing the Client with a flagship development to meet the growing operational needs of the business and their customers. The works were completed on time, on budget and with an exceptional safety record.

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