HGV contract parking arrives at key northern site


From this summer, Onward Holdings Ltd, will be supplying much-needed, quality HGV contract parking spaces within 2.5 miles of junction 31 of the M62 in Yorkshire – one of the UK’s most sought-after distribution and manufacturing locations. This represents a golden opportunity for fleet operators requiring a northern base for their vehicles.

This major new service offered by Onward Holdings, an established supplier of warehousing in the north of England, will significantly boost the options for haulage companies needing a cost-effective base. The location is ideally placed for fleet operators to take advantage of the recent multi-million pound investment promised by Associated British Ports in the Port of Hull – sure to increase business in the area, particularly in the logistics sector.

The large capacity of the site is expected to appeal to HGV fleet operators and owner-drivers who need a regular facility to store their vehicles securely overnight or for a variable amount of time. The site has space for a sizable number of HGVs with further capacity expected in the future. Vehicle safety is paramount at the site which is equipped with electronic gates, CCTV cameras and a full remote monitoring system.

Haulage operators will be delighted to learn that various contract options are available to them, ranging from monthly to discounted annual contracts. This flexibility will be a great boon for those companies that are bound by seasonal variances in their workload and may not to wish to commit themselves to long-term contracts.

Onward Holdings’ managing director, Neil Storey, said: “Many businesses are looking to have their fleets close to key routes in order to cut transportation time and costs.  We aim to rescue them from the current shortage of responsible, highly-secure HGV parking in the area. We are offering flexible, competitively priced terms which should help companies tap more easily into the improving economic situation in the north.”

Set in one of the most important warehouse and distribution locations, the site offers parking close to many national and international online businesses as well as being within a short distance of the M62 with links to other major motorway networks. It could even become the permanent operating base for fleet operators with long term vision.

Onward Holdings says it has already had enquiries from businesses in North Yorkshire and the south east of England who are looking to develop or expand in the north of England. Increasing demand from third party logistics providers has seen its warehouses being snapped up quickly and it is likely that the parking will follow suit.

Family-run Onward Holdings specialises in operating highly competitively-priced industrial warehousing,  in the north of England as well as retail parks and now secure, HGV parking.


Park at the Ark

UK Barrier Services were commissioned to replace a pair of barriers for the ARK Conference and Events centre. Based in Basingstoke it’s a premier venue in the south of England for all types of events from seminars to formal dinners.

The venue wanted to update the parking equipment for its private parking area. The barriers are now operated through a new wireless GSM intercom and the existing keypads. UK Barrier Services installed Magnetic Microdrive Access barriers which are specifically designed for use in high frequency sites, e.g. industrial sites, residential buildings or parking areas. The Magnetic Access range not only offers a long-life cycle, great reliability and quality but also has an enduring design with extremely low operational costs.

For this installation LED illuminated barrier arms were chosen to offer maximum visibility. These are red in the down position, flash red during the opening and closing phases and are green when the barrier is fully open.

Stuart Newton, UK Barrier Services Director stated “we find the product very easy to install, it’s designed with efficiency and safety in mind as well as conformity”. They would always recommend the installation be carried out by an approved automation engineer.

‘Hold-Open’ key switches were installed on the side of each barrier to allow a local hold-open option when security wish to allow free access to the car park. The exit barrier has an induction loop which opens on approach of a vehicle and closes once the vehicle has passed through the barrier and cleared the induction loop and photocells, which speeds up the exit of vehicles.

Optional safety enhancing solutions were also included, 2x sets of photocells, induction loops and audible sounders located inside the barrier housings which operate during the closing phase. Both barriers were force tested during commissioning phase to confirm their compliance with the impact requirements of the Euro norms.

Both barriers have been colour coded to the clients own specific RAL paint code.  This is a popular option with customers looking to tie the barriers in with the aesthetics of the environment.

With the expertise of UK Barrier Services the client has been so pleased with the products and installation that they have taken out a scheduled maintenance contract for the foreseeable future.





APT Skidata at the heart of Trinity Shopping Centre parking provision

APT-Skidata2A range of sophisticated parking technology from APT Skidata, the world leader in vehicle access and parking solutions, has been installed as part of the refurbishment of the new car park at the Trinity shopping centre in Leeds to further enhance the shopping experience.

Prior to opening the leisure and shopping centre, Land Securities bought a nearby NCP car park in Boar Lane to provide up to 630 new spaces. As part of the renovation of the Trinity car park, APT Skidata is providing and installing a range of equipment that includes its latest pay-on-foot terminals, power cash pay machines (with a print at home facility and chip and pin), entry/exit barriers, Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology and IP CCTV. The systems will be powered by its Parking.Logic management software.

In addition to the new car park system, Land Securities reversed the flow of traffic to accommodate a new one-way system., It repainted the site and installed new lighting and CCTV. It also built a new customer service/security office.

Paul Plumbley, Portfolio Car Park Manager for Land Securities, says this new facility has greatly improved visitors’ parking experience: “Leeds is not particularly well served for car parks, especially in the centre, so it was crucial to keep it operational even when the major works were ongoing,” he says. “It was not an easy feat.

“The car park was only shut down for what was effectively one day and we now have a state-of-the-art car park with a link to the shopping centre where visitors can be in the centre within two minutes. We now even have the ability to issue discount vouchers to members by email that they can print out and use, and season pass holders can come and go as they please thanks to the ANPR system.”

Opened in March 2013, Trinity Leeds is a shopping and leisure centre in the heart of Leeds and is named after the adjacent 18th century Holy Trinity Church, and attracted more than 130,000 visitors on opening day.

The development is in two parts – Trinity East, a new build development on the site of the former Trinity and Burton Arcades, and Trinity West, the redeveloped Leeds Shopping Plaza. The combined scheme has 93,000 m2 of retail floor space for 120 stores.