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Reconstruction of several neighbouring car parks centred around Kendal County Hall.  This scheme upgraded the existing busy car parks and provided additional new capacity.  The parking is used by Cumbria County Council, Police, Ambulance and the general public.

Works included a bulk muckshift, construction of 4no new car parking areas, new street lighting and ducting, new drainage and gullies, 6 new ticket machines, 3 new vehicle access barriers, electric vehicle charge points, in situ reinforced concrete Flood wall construction alongside River Kent faced with local stone, stone attenuation tanks with a non-permeable membrane, permeable block paving, SMA surfacing (in-house resource), road markings, cycle shelters, local stone planters, landscaping and planting and reinforcement grid with infilled gravel to parking areas.

CLIENT: Cumbria County Council    VALUE: £996,000     COMPLETION: August 2020 (on programme)     

DURATION: 18 weeks    CONTRACT: NEC 3 Option A


  • Large Pedestrian volumes throughout the day due to County Hall services and Council meetings.
  • Close proximity to town centre.
  • Existing vehicle access off Windermere Road prone to congestion.
  • Site bordering the environmentally designated River Kent (SSSI).
  • Site was next to the Fire Station, Police Station, Ambulance Station and Mountain rescue, all emergency routes had to be kept open at all times.


  • Site based ‘point of contact’ for stakeholders (general public & County Hall users).
  • Early Contractor Involvement meeting with Cumbria Highways Local Area Network Team to agree approach to critical temporary traffic management design.


It was necessary to phase the works to always keep 91 parking and 2 disabled spaces available at all times. Careful planning of the works ensured this including the provision of spaces close to County Hall for those with mobility issues. Emergency services (Fire, Ambulance, Police stations all within the site) kept informed of the Works and current access routes. Contract correspondence managed to NEC 3 timescales with programme reviews & CE quotes agreed


Effective stakeholder management resulting in no complaints. Windermere Road & Kendal town centre kept clear of traffic congestion. No damage to any service cables.

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