APCOA Staff In Kettering See Red For Charity (Archive)

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APCOA PARKING (UK)’s customer service advisors in Northamptonshire were spared of their blushes on Friday the 13th, after their red noses helped to raise an extra smile around Kettering General Hospital.

Advisors showed the colourful side of parking management at the hospital campus, after several APCOA staff adorned the red noses for Comic Relief 2015.

APCOA staff also managed to raise £100.00 for the charity appeal so far, which helped to break all national fundraising records of previous years.

A spokesperson for APCOA PARKING at Kettering General Hospital said: “We started wearing our red noses on Wednesday [11 March 2015] to help raise awareness, and to add a splash of colour around the hospital campus.

“From the reactions and feedback that we received, it was evident that consumers welcomed our warm-hearted, but jocular approach to customer service and parking management.  It showed that we are generally on-site to assist the public.”

About Red Nose Day 2015

This year’s Comic Relief enveloped into yet another tumultuous fundraising appeal, and finally broke the £1 billion mark on its 30th anniversary.  On the night, the Red Nose Day 2015 appeal raised £70.5 million.

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Park With Confidence In Edinburgh (Archive)

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APCOA PARKING (UK) has again retained the safer parking award at Edinburgh Waverley Station.

The 540-space long stay barrier station car park; which is owned by Network Rail; and managed by APCOA, was awarded with a new two-year park mark award after no automotive-related crimes were reported between March 2014 and March 2015.

In his summary report, Francis Gallacher, Glasgow-based Crime Reduction Advisor Officer and Park Mark assessor, found that Edinburgh Waverley remains a well-managed facility, which continues to meet the requirements of the Safer Parking Scheme.

Mr. Gallacher also recognised APCOA’s effective use of 24-hour CCTV survelliance, which provides good coverage of the car park surface area.  Pedestrian routes were also found to be well-defined, and clearly marked and signed for optimum health and safety. 

About Park Mark

Park Mark® is the registered trademark logo of the Safer Parking Scheme, and is given awarded to car parks that have achieved the risk assessment conducted by the police and the British Parking Association.

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Horseferry Road: An ‘Excellent’ Car Park (Archive)

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APCOA PARKING (UK) has again retained the safer parking award at its Horseferry Road Car Park.

The 348-space south west London underground car park was awarded with a new three-year park mark award after just two crimes were recorded since March 2014, which was “Excellent”.

In his summary report, Andrew Snape; Tottenham-based Crime Prevention Officer and Park Mark assessor, found that there were no significant levels of crime at Horseferry Road during the two previous site assessments.

Mr. Snape also recognised that the site had shown that, by incorporating a dedicated management practise system; utilising crime reduction recommendations and best practice measures, it is possible that crime and anti-social behaviour can be deflected.

He also noted that, since the last inspection, APCOA’s upgrade of the CCTV systems further assisted policing of the site.  Through this additional investment, it has positively assisted in the prevention of crime.

The multi-storey car park, which is owned by broadcaster Channel 4; and managed by APCOA, operates a 24-hour pay-on-foot system.  All shifts are manned around the clock by uniformed APCOA attendants, whom undertake regular patrols of the car park.  All APCOA colleagues are trained in-house in the areas of customer service, conflict management, equipment operations, and health and safety.

About Park Mark

Park Mark® is the registered trademark logo of the Safer Parking Scheme, and is given awarded to car parks that have achieved the risk assessment conducted by the police and the British Parking Association. 

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APCOA and HAL Scoop ‘Best New Car Park’ Award at BPA (Archive)

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The Queen’s Terminal Car Park (Terminal 2) at Heathrow Airport scooped the Best New Car Park at this year’s British Parking Awards.

Representatives from APCOA Parking (UK) joined their business counterparts from Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) to receive the illustrious industry award at the Lancaster Hotel in London on 6 March 2015.

The award was a fitting tribute to the extraordinary efforts that APCOA and HAL went to, to ensure that the impressive multi-storey car park opened on time to welcome its first passengers on 4 June 2014.

The new high specification Short Stay car park comprises 1,500 parking spaces.  Like its Departures and Arrivals’ halls counterpart, it’s a technological masterpiece; and an integral part of Heathrow’s infrastructure from day-one.  Its multi-million pound fit-out combines the latest technology, surveillance, lighting and building materials.

Like the check-outs, baggage systems and restaurants in the main terminal building, the new Short Stay car park was extensively tested by APCOA prior to go-live.  This comprised a number of ‘as live’ parking exercises and system checks in the six months preceding the official opening of the terminal and car park operations.

The Short Stay car park at Terminal 2 is splayed across four levels, which can accessed via six entry lanes. Level 4 is the main entrance, including a contingency entrance located on the Departures’ forecourt; known as the emergency access lane. This enables customer vehicles to enter the car park in the event of an incident blocking the main entry lanes; a scenario that was again tried and tested prior to opening.

The revolutionary parking management system at Terminal 2 means that car park users are directed to the nearest variable bay by a network of variable message signs and the green lights, which are located above each bay.  Each of the 1,500 parking bays is equipped with its own individual high definition overhead camera.  Therefore, when passengers return to the car park, they can type in their vehicle registration number into the car finder kiosk to locate the precise location of their vehicle in real-time.

For more information about Terminal 2, or to book your next parking provision, please click here.

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