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Jubilee car park to open to drivers

The new multi-storey car park opens to users on Tuesday 29 May 2018

The much-anticipated completion of the new four-storey Jubilee car park will deliver nearly 350 parking spaces. The car park, which has been under construction since September, will open to permit holders for the first time at 8.30am on Tuesday 29 May.

Included inside the striking multi-storey car park building are eight motorcycle bays with anchor security points, as well as nine charging points for electric vehicles.

Each floor of the car park is brightly marked out in its own distinctive colour to aid drivers in locating their parked vehicle. 

The exterior of the building features a geometric design that echoes the knapped flint found in the surrounding down land. It is finished with aluminium panels, the reflective properties of which help the building to blend into its surroundings. The panels are interspersed with geometric ‘portholes’ that allow natural light and ventilation into each level.

The landscaping around and behind the car park includes 69 newly planted trees, as well as two atria in the centre of the car park, planted with further trees and ferns. Additionally, the boundary path, which passes behind the new car park, has been relocated closer to the woodland and is now more accessible for walkers and runners to enjoy.

Chief Operating Officer, Tim Westlake, said: “Creating choices for campus commuters is important and we are committed to enhancing sustainable transport options, so I am very pleased that we can also now offer charging points for drivers of electric vehicles. Well done to everyone involved in bringing this important project to completion on schedule.”

A formal event to mark the official opening of the Jubilee car park will take place on Thursday 21 June, when members of the campus community can also view demonstration models of several current electric and hybrid vehicles available from local dealerships.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Does the multi-storey car park have security CCTV cameras?

A. Yes. Cameras are located on each floor of the multi-storey car park.

Q. I have an electric vehicle. How will the charging points work?

A. Nine charging points are available in the new car park. Drivers need to download the PodPoint app to register.  Once parked in a charge point bay, users should then connect their own charging cable to the charge point.  A detailed user guide will be available soon on the Sussex Estates & Facilities web pages.

Q. Who will be permitted to park in the new car park?

A. The car park will be restricted to drivers with a parking permit or pass to park. There will not be a pay and display or pay by phone option in the multi-storey car park, so it is not suitable for use by visitors.

Q. What safety features are in place within the new car park? Is it safe in the event of a fire?

A. Refuge points and emergency telephones are situated on each level of the car park, in addition to CCTV coverage.  Fire detection systems with both audible and visual alarms are also fitted.

Q. Why is the University moving car parking to the periphery of the campus?

A. In the future, we aim to create a pedestrianised zone in the busy and vibrant heart of the campus, which is reflective of Sir Basil Spence’s original design ethos. This will significantly enhance safety on campus. We are committed to encouraging staff and students to use sustainable methods to travel to our campus, so improving routes and accessibility for pedestrians, as well as cycle paths and bicycle parking facilities is a priority.

Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex and SEF
Last updated: Friday, 25 May 2018


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