Client: Solent University
Solent University, based in Southampton, has 18,000 students and 1,500 staff. It operates across several sites in the city (the main one being East Park Terrace) as well as the Warsash Campus which is located 10km away on the banks of the River Hamble.
Parking is scarce, particularly at the East Park Terrace Campus (EPT) with its city centre location.
Given the restriction in the number of spaces, students are not allowed to park at EPT (except in exceptional circumstances); however, they are permitted to park at the nearby Halls of Residence.
The Parking Policy at Solent University had been adopted over 10 years ago when The Parking Consultancy was contacted to help.
Solent expressed concerns as to whether their Policy and infrastructure were still up to date and aligned with national best practice and their campus redevelopment plans.
To that end, they tasked TPC with:
Solent was particularly keen that any recommendations fit with the Travel Plan, Sustainability aims and other wider University policies.
The Parking Consultancy (TPC) was appointed through a tender process via the North East Procurement Framework, where we proved to be most cost-effective and best experienced to deliver the project.
The information gathering stage consisted of two main tasks: conducting an audit of car parking facilities and benchmarking of facilities both locally and nationally.
The audit took into consideration:
In addition to this, TPC also benchmarked charges at car parking facilities (both private and Council-run) in the local area, as well as comparing Solent charges with those of other Universities nationally.
To summarise, TPC undertook the following tasks:
This data was collated and then used to produce a report containing detailed recommendations on:
These recommendations are currently forming the basis of the Travel Plan and Future Parking Strategy at Solent University.
Duration: 3 months
Contact: Ian Goodwin and Ade Collins
Tel: 01430650343 or 07410117113