Willmott Dixon has secured a £22.9m contract to deliver a multi-storey car park in the Baltic Quarter of Gateshead in north-east England.
The contract has been awarded by Gateshead Council through the Scape National Major Works framework (SCAPE).
The project involves the construction of 1,000 parking spaces. It provides space to support the new £260m Newcastle Gateshead Quays development.
The events destination includes an arena, exhibition and conference centre, hotels and new public spaces.
Scape group CEO Mark Robinson said: “As one of our shareholders, Gateshead Council has chosen to accelerate this project through the SCAPE framework in order to maximise the social value outcomes created through collaborative partnerships.”
The car park, which will have a steel-framed superstructure, will feature 50 electric vehicle charge points with provision for a further 300 charge points.
A large array of photovoltaic panels will also be placed above the top level of parking to reduce the building’s carbon footprint.
Willmott Dixon managing director in the North Anthony Dillon said: “We are delighted to once again be working with Gateshead Council on this exciting and integral project as part of the transformation of the Gateshead Quays.
“Across the 11 projects we have previously delivered for Gateshead Council, we’ve invested more than £63.8m with local businesses within 20 miles of our projects and we look forward to furthering this trend.”
The proposed car park will be linked to a new road, which runs through the Baltic Quarter.
The Baltic Quarter will link the Gateshead Quays with the A184 Felling Bypass.
Additionally, the car park will feature a new pay on exit parking management system, a disabled parking area and spaces for motorcycles.
Gateshead Council economy, innovation and growth strategic director Peter Udall said: “We are very excited to see this crucial piece of the Newcastle Gateshead Quays infrastructure work start on site.
“The car park is essential to Arena, Conference and Exhibition centre development, but will also provide much-needed parking for the new Grade-A Riga office building and further developments on Baltic Quarter into the future.”