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Kirkby town centre’s multi-storey car park transformation progressing

by Jonathan Kearney

The transformation and regeneration of Kirkby Town Centre continues as the multi-storey car park is being refurbished and modernised into a more sustainable “travel hub”.

The development of the travel hub will help to encourage more visitors and businesses into the town.

Once completed, the travel hub will provide a modernised 8-level multi-storey car park with both long and short stay spaces, accessible bays, electric charging, and cycle storage, as well as improved CCTV and sensor controlled lighting which will help in achieving Knowsley Council’s “net zero” climate change priorities.

The car park closed for refurbishment at the end of August 2023 and, just three months later, progress includes:-

  • The removal of old equipment, preparation of internal floors, and completion of repairs to three levels (floors and staircases). Further repair work will be ongoing until the end of 2023;
  • Completion of internal works to transform a former shop unit on the ground floor into a larger entrance, providing much better highly visible access to and from the car park and the town centre;
  • Commencement of electrical upgrades which will be completed by the end of 2023; and,
  • External cladding to be completed early in 2024.

Knowsley Council secured £2.2m of funding from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to pay for the range of improvement and conversion works.

The refurbished travel hub will support existing business and their employees and act as a catalyst to attract new businesses and employers into Kirkby Town Centre.  In particular, nearby Central House (the former Barclaycard building) has already secured a new tenant who will occupy a full floor and is due to welcome over 200 office staff in January 2024.

Councillor Tony Brennan, Regeneration and Economic Development Cabinet Member, said: “I’m really pleased with the progress made to date.  The project is running to schedule and we hope to see the new car park reopen early in the New Year.

“These improvement works are essential not only in creating a warm welcome into our town, but also as a key part of our ongoing regeneration commitments to retain and attract more businesses, drive footfall to the town centre, and, in turn, create more jobs for local people.”