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Major improvements to shopping centre car park

A town centre car park in Poole is set for a major overhaul, with repair work soon to be underway to the Dolphin Shopping Centre's roof-top car park.

The works, starting on 1 June 2015, will involve extensive improvements to the customer car park, including complete re-surfacing works, replacement of the waterproofing system and the associated movement joints. A new LED lighting system will be installed to reduce energy consumption and provide more even lighting levels across the car park. The stairwells and parapets will also be repaired and refurbished.

To enable the improvements to be carried out the car park will be closed to all users for approximately four months. Access to Shoppers 2 car park will remain open for use as usual.

The works, costing £1.4 million, will be undertaken by Raymond Brown Construction Ltd and it is anticipated that they will be completed by early October 2015. 

John Rice, Engineering Manager, Borough of Poole, said: “Our regular inspections of the town centre car parks have identified that we now need to undertake major repairs to Shoppers 1 roof-top car park. The planned works will not only improve the environment for car park users but also reduce the risk of leaks into the shopping centre below. We are aiming to re-open the car park in time for the busy shopping period leading up to Christmas.” 

Councillor Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transportation, Borough of Poole, said: “We have already completed significant investment to the Shoppers 2 roof-top car park which has created a better experience for shoppers and an improved first impression for visitors arriving in our town centre. With further investment in the shopping centre anticipated we are keen to improve our car parks and bring them up to the standards expected by our customers.”

Commenting on the repair work, centre manager at the Dolphin Shopping Centre, John Grinnell added: “We are pleased to see the necessary repairs commence to the Shoppers One roof-top car park. Unfortunately, to undertake the work it is necessary to temporarily close this particular car park. However, the Dolphin Shopping Centre is very much open for business and in the meantime the adjacent Shoppers Two car park, along with the Dolphin’s multi-storey and others surrounding the centre will remain open for customers as alternatives.”

Kevin Valentine, divisional director of contractor, Raymond Brown commented: “We seek to deliver a project where local relationships are enhanced and where the quality of life for the retailers and shoppers is not compromised. The project team will endeavour to minimise all disruption in the vicinity of the project and will engage regularly with stakeholders throughout construction. Anticipated working hours will be between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday, with activities such as concrete breaking taking place outside of the retail hours.

"The project is registered with Considerate Constructors who will externally monitor our performance.”