IKO shortlisted for British Parking Award for M&S Refurb

IKO PLC has been shortlisted for the British Parking Awards for refurbishing the deck of a 4,000m2 multi-storey car park for Marks and Spencer on Imperial Road, Matlock. Nominated in the Best Car Park Refurbishment category, the installation took just five weeks, with an average of 800m2 IKO Permapark mastic asphalt laid per week.

CJL of Belfast was appointed as the main contractor to refurbish the car park deck to the rear of the store, with Rio Asphalt as the sub-contractor laying IKO Permapark. The specification prioritised a high-quality finish, longevity and a surface that was easy and quick to lay.

IKO Permapark is a specially formulated mastic asphalt waterproofing and surfacing system for elevated vehicle decks, pedestrian walkways and access ramps. It uses advanced polymer technology for long-term durability, increased fatigue resistance, improved temperature stability and ease of installation.

‘The British Parking Awards recognise the leading examples of car park design, build and management across the country – we are delighted to be nominated,’ comments Marcus Lee, Sales Director of IKO’s Specification Division.

Over 90 tonnes of the existing asphalt in the car park was stripped and recycled at the IKO factory in Grangemill. The IKO Permapark mastic asphalt was delivered direct from the factory in computer-controlled 18-tonne hot charge tankers. This was then transported to site in 1-tonne Self-Propelled Asphalt Mixers (‘SPAMs’ or ‘luggers’) and laid by hand by Rio Asphalt’s trained installers. This process delivers a better quality, easier-to-lay asphalt as the mix is more consistent. It also reduces time, cuts costs, and benefits the environment as there’s no secondary heating and melting needed on site.

The M&S Foodhall has replaced a previous store and the building required a complete makeover at the same time as the refurbishment of the car park, which also serves high street shoppers. The car park can now provide parking for 180 vehicles.