Contemporary and 1960s car parks, school streets schemes, charity fundraisers, cycle hubs and digital payment systems make up the eclectic list winners at the British Parking Awards 2019

The British Parking Awards have been presented annually by Parking Review magazine since 2002, and the awards ceremony organised by Landor LINKS is the social highlight of the parking calendar.

Over 600 people from the world of parking gathered at the Royal Lancaster on Friday 8 March to learn who had won the coveted glass trophies.

The big winner on the day was Essex councils, with the county’s parking partnerships collecting three trophies, while Canterbury City Council won two awards.

Other local authorities collecting trophies included the London Borough of Waltham Forest, Manchester City Council, Newcastle City Council and Southwark Council.

Private sector operators were also recognised. Smaller operators Bank Park, a company that raises funds for charity by running car parks, and the estate team at Dorset’s Lulworth Cove, were successful, as well as majors like APCOA and NSL.

Technology providers were recognised both for systems they develop and the people who develop and maintain their relationships with both clients and customers – Grid Smarter Cities, Liftshare, Imperial, JustPark and YourParkingSpace all bagged trophies.

The infrastructure awards saw the refurbishment of underground parking Bullring shopping centre and a surface site in historic Colchester were recognised as excellent projects.

Two car parks linked to bus stations built 50 years apart were also winners. The Lincoln Central multi-storey car park was named Best New Car Park, while the renovation of a Brutalist icon, Preston Bus Station, was presented with an Inspiration Award. There was even an award for a car park that is no longer a car park - The Peckham Levels community arts and cultural hub in south-east London.

The event also saw individuals working in a wide range of roles receive trophies, including BPA Board Chair Nigel Williams. There was also recognition for the Department for Transport’s Traffic and Technology Division for its support of work to develop international data standards for parking data.

The ceremony was compered by the comedian and author Shappi Khorsandi, who revealed that she had learned to drive since hosting the event in 2014. Shappi said she loves parking so much that she can make a single parking manoeuvre last half-an-hour, much to the amusement of other drivers.

Full report coming soon!

British Parking Awards 2019: The Winners


  • The Green Parking Award – London Borough of Waltham Forest   
  • Parking as a Service Award    - Canterbury City Council & Imperial
  • Parking in the Community Award – Bank Park   
  • Parking in the Community Award – Manchester City Council & NSL
  • Parking Matters Prize – Department for Transport
  • Special Projects Award – Priory Street Car Park, Colchester
  • Reinventing the Car Park – Peckham Levels, London
  • The Front Line Award – Lulworth Estate
  • The MiPermit Inspiration Award – Marion Fisher, Dorset Councils Partnership
  • Parking Technology Award – Canterbury City Council
  • Parking Technology Award – Liftshare
  • Communication Award – Essex Parking Partnership
  • Best Car Park Refurbishment – Bullring, Birmingham
  • The MiPermit Inspiration Award – Preston Bus Station
  • The Intelligent Parking Award – Grid Smarter Cities
  • The Intelligent Parking Award – Liftshare
  • Parking Partnerships Award – North Essex Partnership
  • Special Jury Award – Persistent evaders campaign
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Nigel Williams, Parking Matters
  • Young Parking Professional of the Year –  Emily Adenuga, YourParkingSpace
  • Young Parking Professional of the Year – Antonia Hobden, JustPark
  • Best New Car Park – Lincoln Central Car Park
  • Parking Person of the Year – David Taylor, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham & Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
  • Parking Team of the Year – Newcastle City Council Parking Services
  • The Grand Prix – Jo Abbott, RAC Foundation