Multi-Storey Car Park for Ruddington?

Last August we reported how a Ruddington based software company had announced its latest expansion would lead to the creation of around 400 more jobs here – a number which was then raised to 500 posts this spring.

Payroll giant MHR has its UK site at Ruddington Fields Business Park – in ‘Britannia House’ (currently being refurbished) and the newly built ‘Wellington House’. The company, established in 1984, develops software already used in processing payments to around 10 percent of the UK’s workforce.

MHR has previously received planning permission from Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC) to construct two more office blocks on the existing site to meet its future needs. Unfortunately, the relatively small parking area for just 66 cars (pictured top) will not be able to accommodate the expected rise in vehicles for all its new employees.

This has led to a further application from MHR for a four storey car park (illustrated above left) to be built over the current surface car park to allow room for 209 cars – that’s 143 more spaces than there are now! If the plans from architects Simon Gee Designs, to be carried out by building contractors Stepnell, are given the go-ahead by RBC it will be Ruddington’s first multi-storey parking facility. However, standing 11.9 metres high, designers reassure us it will actually be no taller than other nearby buildings along Mere Way. The submission documents also state that the new car park would “allow existing and future staff direct access to on-site parking, without the need to park elsewhere within the business park, on the public highway”.

Planners have now begun a public consultation on this application (reference 18/01698/FUL) hoping for feedback from both users of the Business Park and neighbouring Rushcliffe Country Park.

You can view all the documents associated with the application and leave your comments >>HERE<<. But you must do so no later than Friday 31st August 2018.

Revised final designs (available to view >>HERE<<) were granted planning permission on 1st February 2019 – meaning that Ruddington’s first multi-storey car park will be built. It’s probably not come a moment too soon – given that major new parking restrictions on Mere Way in front of MHR are now proposed!

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