Optimization of city centre parking facilities

With the opening a spectacular underground walkway connecting the region’s main hospital to one of the largest parking garages in the centre of Enschede, a new influx of hospital visitors was set to impact the parking facility and its services.

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The H.J. van Heek Garage in Enschede is one of the main parking facilities in the city centre. Recently, it was made accessible to visitors to the region’s main hospital: Medisch Centrum Twente. A spectacular underground walkway now connects the garage directly with the hospital.

The new influx of hospital visitors was set to impact the garage’s parking demand, for instance: an increase in the number of vehicles, peak highs during visiting hours and a larger pedestrian volume. In order to accommodate and streamline all these users new equipment needed to be installed.

Following on from two collaborative sessions with Enschede City Council, Spark set out the city’s parking goals. Based on these goals, a Statement of Requirements (SOR), a purchasing strategy and a future parking strategy and collaboration with the hospital were established.

Spark acted as advisor for the Enschede authorities throughout the process: from developing  a parking strategy, to the tendering procedure, through to the installation of the parking control and payment collection systems. In this way, we were able to guarantee Enschede that all measures taken and all installed equipment would fully support the looked for parking optimisation.

The hospital and Enschede Council were able to contract IP Parking (after a successful European tendering) for the purchase and installation of parking equipment, not only in the H.J. van Heekgarage, but also in the Mooienhof and MST garages. All three locations were inter-connected by a glass fibre network. This connectivity offers maximum parking flexibility and ensures visitors can find a parking space at any time – even during peak hours.

Based on the successes we booked in this project, Spark was asked to also refurbish four other city centre garages in Enschede.