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Shopping centre car park to reopen next week

The Dolphin Shopping Centre's Shoppers 1 car park will reopen next week following extensive repair work.

The car park, which has been closed since June while works are carried out, will reopen on Monday 19 October.

During the works, extensive repairs and improvements costing £1.4 million, have been carried out to the car park. 

Shoppers 1 car park

This has involved waterproofing and resurfacing the main deck areas and replacing the two main movement joints in the car park. A new LED lighting system has been installed which will provide more lighting across the car park while at the same time reducing energy consumption. Work has also taken place to repair and refurbish the stairwells and parapets throughout the car park.

Cllr Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transportation, Borough of Poole, said: "I'm pleased that we have been able to complete these extensive works to one of our main town centre car parks. The environment within the car park will be more enjoyable for customers using the shopping centre and to reopen in time for half term and the busy shopping period leading up to Christmas is great."

John Grinnell, Dolphin Shopping Centre manager said: “We are delighted the Shoppers One rooftop car park will once again be available for public use giving a welcome boost to residents and visitors to Poole in the busy shopping period leading up to Christmas. 

"These were essential works that will make a real difference to people using this car park and I'm pleased to see them completed. The work has been carried out quickly and efficiently, and we would like to thank people for their understanding while the car park was closed.” 

The works have been carried out by Raymond Brown Construction Ltd and follow the completion of major repairs to Shoppers 2 car park last year.

Kevin Valentine, Divisional Director for Raymond Brown Construction, said: “We are glad to have returned Shoppers 1 car park to service and delivered the contract as planned. By working closely with the council’s engineers and liaising constantly with the Dolphin Centre’s management team, we were able to successfully carry out the works with the minimum of inconvenience to retailers and the public.”