Brief

Cotswold Transport Planning were appointed to undertake a parking review of available off-site parking within walking distance of The Quadrangle Building in Cheltenham Town centre.

The scheme entails the refurbishment and extension of the existing Quadrangle building. Mixed commercial use (A1, A2 and A3) is to be retained on the ground floor as the first to fourth floor will be exclusively used as B1 Office space. Additional A3 commercial use in the form of a rooftop café/restaurant will comprise a new fifth floor of the building. The regeneration of the building will significantly benefit the town of Cheltenham by increasing the amount of contemporary B1 Office space in the town centre in addition to creating a diverse and desirable commercial environment.

Issues & Solutions

As part of the redevelopment the buildings existing basement car park will be significantly improved in relation to cycle parking provision in the form of 40 cycle parking spaces and shower, changing and locker facilities. This cycling provision will encourage a modal shift from private car journeys to and from the site, which is located in a highly sustainable location. These cycle enhancements will result in a reduction in the existing parking spaces from 80 car spaces to 58 ( a total reduction of 22 spaces).

Discussions with the local Highway Authority, Gloucestershire County Council, determined the requirement to justify the proposed reduction in parking provision to be accommodated off-site, by undertaking parking surveys of a public car park within the surrounding area.

Parking surveys over two separate days were undertaken at a public car park within walking distance of the site to assess the levels of parking accumulation to determine capacity for additional vehicles associated with the proposed development. The results from the surveys undertaken demonstrated that there is sufficient parking provision to accommodate the 22 vehicles which could no longer park onsite

Results

A delegated approval of the scheme within 8 weeks following submission was achieved.