Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

Works on improvements for Chippenham car park start this week

Sadlers Mead car park

A Chippenham car park will be closed for 11 months during major improvement works to provide the town with its second-largest parking facility.

Sadlers Mead car park in Chippenham will be closed from Friday (January 10), It will reopen as a multi-storey car park with space for 237 cars – up from the current 165 – and 12 charging points for electric vehicles, with infrastructure for future points.

Vehicle access only will still be possible from Sadlers Mead to Monkton Park during construction activities. There is a pedestrian diversion in place either via Cocklebury Road/Monkton Hill or via Sadlers Mead / Monkton Park.

During the building work, the Emery Gate car park, which has a total of 342 spaces, will be open earlier from 6am to 10pm daily to accommodate those needing to park early. There are also other alternative car parks nearby, a list of which can be found at http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/parking-chippenham

Cllr Bridget Wayman, Wiltshire Council's cabinet member for Highways, said: "I thank people for their patience as we make these important improvements which will provide more spaces, including electric car parking, in our growing town.

"We have put plans in place to ensure there is sufficient car parking elsewhere while we invest in this key space which will ensure Chippenham can benefit from all the exciting economic opportunities in this thriving town."

The work will take place alongside the building of new headquarters for Good Energy, which is situated next door. Good Energy's new offices, currently in design development, will include cycle parking, solar panels and battery storage, with 40 parking spaces for the office building at ground level.