St Mary's Car Park

Napper Collerton Partnership, Sunderland, Tyne And Wear, 1993


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Multi-storey car park accompanied by a glazed footbridge to provide access to adjacent shopping centre

Constructed from a series of in-situ concrete frames and columns, the car park accommodates 484 vehicles over four open-plan tiers.

The formal separation of the building into two wings linked by a central, glazed core reflects the internal planning of the two main parking areas. Two metal-clad, shallow-curved roof arches spanning each of the wings makes the division of these areas further distinguishable from the exterior.

Internally, the parking areas are each served by a central ramp, glazed lifts and staircase housed in a glazed enclosure visible on the south elevation.

All elevations are clad in facing brick, with stone dressings around the double-height openings and parts of the roof parapet. Metal grilles are present on the openings of the lower two storeys for security purposes.

A glazed footbridge, suspended from a single roadside pylon at 5.7m above the dual carriageway, links the car park with the first floor of the neighbouring shopping arcade to provide convenient and secure pedestrian access.


  • Begun: Oct 1992
  • Completed: Nov 1993
  • Floor area: 15,595m2
  • Sector: Transport
  • Total cost: £5.4M
  • Procurement: ICE (fifth edition)
  • Address: St Mary's Way, Sunderland, Tyne And Wear, SR1 3AH, United Kingdom

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