Gunwharf Quays, the South Coast’s leading premium outlet shopping centre, has been recognised for its safe parking facilities with a Park Mark accreditation. This is the 15th consecutive year the 1,508-space car park has been awarded the prestigious accreditation.
A Park Mark is awarded to parking facilities that pass a rigorous risk assessment conducted by the Police and the British Parking Association including; management and maintenance, levels of surveillance, lighting, signage and cleanliness. These criteria are known to reduce the opportunity for crime and create a safer environment for the motorist and their vehicle.
David Metcalf, British Parking Association Area Manager, said: “I am delighted that Gunwharf Quays continues in the Safer Parking Scheme. They have a very prestigious site as past winners of the European parking award and holding a Park Mark accreditation for many years. The site is very well managed by Car Park Manager, Chris Beech, and his team and it is always a pleasure to visit such a progressive site.
“They have also been amongst the first in the UK to achieve the DPA (Disabled Parking Accreditation) which is a compliment to their desire to assist all aspects of the motoring community”.
Colin Wilding, General Manager at Gunwharf Quays, said: “We work hard to ensure our guests and staff feel safe and secure within the centre at all times and this accreditation is testament to the hard work of the car park management team.”
Car parks with the Park Mark award can use signage featuring the distinctive Park Mark tick, so that drivers know exactly where to go for safer parking. Early adopters of the scheme saw a dramatic drop in vehicle-related crime of over 80% showing that the initiative really does make a difference.
Personal safety and location have been cited as joint priorities when choosing where to park. There are currently 5000 car parks with the Park Mark award throughout the UK which can be found on a designated website www.parkmark.co.uk
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