Monster Makeover at Festival Place

Festival Place invests in monster car park makeover!

Festival Place in Basingstoke is putting the finishing touches to its multi-million-pound car park refurbishment project.

The popular shopping centre will be showing off the results of its monster makeover…with a monster takeover from this Friday to Sunday.  

Colourful monsters will take over the car park to help show off the new features, and there will be a giant inflatable monster on the roof. Children can follow monster footprints into the centre, where they’ll be able to spot monster characters roaming around.  

The extensive refurbishment has seen the old, under-used car park next to the Alencon Link demolished and rebuilt, and a complete refurbishment programme both internally and externally across the rest of the car park.

New features include; directional signage, bay monitoring lights, a find-your-car system, new surfaces and coloured zones, repositioned disabled and family bays, and the installation of electric charging points.

Marketing Manager, Emily Palmer said: “The monstrous makeover has finally finished and what better way to celebrate than with a monster takeover around Festival Place, it’s one not to be missed!

“Monster characters will be roaming through the centre and there will be a monster map trail for families to follow.

“There will also be the opportunity to win free parking for a month by entering a draw on the Festival Place website.”

Centre Director, Neil Churchill said: “The car park has been designed by a team of specialists, and we have had lots of input along the way as we have received feedback from customers. The plans changed as we thought of better, more practical ways of doing things.

“We now have five parking zones coloured to match the lobbies attached to them, which will make it easier for drivers to remember where they have left their cars.

“A bay monitoring system shows green lights for available spaces and blue for disabled bays.

“At every turning point, there will be Variable Message Signs showing how many spaces are available in any particular row.

“There are also extra payment machines on every floor, larger disabled and family bays nearer to the shopping centre lobbies, diagonal parking spaces near the exits for easier manoeuvring, and six electric charging points, which are free to use for three hours.  

“Everything has been designed to make the customer’s experience a lot easier, and this will now be one of the best car parks in the south from a shopping centre perspective.

“We’ve had lots of positive feedback from customers as we’ve gone through the process, who are really liking the changes we’ve made.”