Mill Street Car Park – Ceredigion’s pitch to developers

Ceredigion Council has this week advertised for tenders for the planned Mill Street Car Park development in Aberystwyth. An advert in The Construction Index, an online news site for developers, reads:

"Ceredigion County Council is seeking proposals for the development of its land holding at Mill Street Car Park, Aberystwyth. The site, amounting to some 0.85 hectares, is owned freehold by the Council and currently provides 256 car parking spaces. The Council owns an adjoining Day Centre, with an approximate site area of 0.21 hectares, which could be incorporated within development proposals, providing that similar facilities were provided, either on site, or in a suitably convenient location for access by the Day Centre visitors.

"The Council also owns the former Drill Hall adjoining Mill Street car park, which has been identified as a possible alternative location for the Day Centre. It is also likely that a Scottish Power sub station will need to be relocated. There is a significant underground water mains and other Dwr Cymru/Welsh Water infrastructure crossing part of the site.

"Development proposals for this site must increase the current parking provision to at least 500 spaces. To offset the cost of creating this additional parking provision some form of commercial development, appropriate for a town centre location, of 2-3 storeys, should be considered on the Park Avenue frontage."

The time-limit for completion is stated as, “36 months (from the award of the contract)”.

The advertisement follows the decision by the Council Cabinet on 23rd February to push ahead with the plans.