Dacorum Borough Council’s multi-storey car park in Lower Kings Road, Berkhamsted is now open.
It is strategically located between Berkhamsted High Street and the train station and offers 297 well-laid-out parking bays and offers flexibility on how long visitors can park.
One of the most interesting features of the multi-story car park is the installation of a ‘living wall’. Part of the façade is covered with plants and foliage, creating a visual welcome for users.
The council says the ‘living wall’ helps to improve the quality of air and creates a habitat that encourages biodiversity. Additional benefits include noise reduction and it helps to improve a sense of well-being.
The multi-storey car park comprises of 297 parking bays and six electric charge points.
In addition, Bournside, a surface car park adjacent to the multi-storey car park, has been landscaped to offer an extra 14 disabled bays and five motorcycle bays, offering free parking up to four hours. There are also 20 bicycle racks.
Both car parks have been awarded the Park Mark status, as part of the Safer Parking Scheme. This is a national standard for UK car parks that have low crime and measures in place to ensure the safety of people and vehicles.
Councillor Andrew Williams, leader of the council, said: “The opening of the car park is a great milestone in the transformation of this key project. It will provide essential parking and will help boost the local economy.
“A car park is more than just a space to park your car and the living wall is an innovative way to make our public spaces more appealing, whilst at the same time having a beneficial effect on the environment.”
For more information about the Council’s parking provision in Dacorum visit dacorum.gov.uk/parking.