Best of British

Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder – and multi-storey car parks rarely turn heads, but Lynn's newest addition is officially the top deck.

The delights of St James car park certainly caught the eye of officionado Kevin Beresford who has put it at number one in a national survey to find the best place to leave your four-wheeled friend.

Not only that – he has labelled it the "Lady in Red" which simply "oozed class" – praise indeed.

"Love at first sight" was how he described the new 6 million edifice – complete with shiny fins.

"It is spacious, well-lit and adorned with beautiful red brickwork complemented by slinky silver vertical aluminium fins that create a rippling wave affect. It has good security too," he enthused.

Head of the Car Park Appreciation Society, Mr Beresford surveyed 35 around the country for AA Insurance which says they are the cause of many claims.

Tests carried out included paint scrape factors, skidding, rogue shopping trolleys, "crunch factor", lighting, tyre squeal factor and best appearance.

Mr Beresford, author of Roundabouts of Great Britain, visited Lynn last in his search for the ultimate car park and it was here he found the best.

The 700-space St James facility passed all his tests with flying colours and delighted owners West Norfolk Council which built the town's first multi-storey as part of a major revamp.

Deputy leader and cabinet member for regeneration Nick Daubney said he was delighted with the accolade.

"We are very pleased. It has made a big difference to the town and it will play a vital part in the future because we are looking forward to welcoming more people and there is more demand for parking," he said.

The design and quality of the building materials used were instrumental, he added, as the car park was in an old part of the town.

Lynn's Civic Society has also given it the thumbs up, and praised the council for not allowing the building materials to be down-graded which, said spokesman Sally Smith, would have damaged the overall quality of the finished car park.