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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 costing £2.3 million soon to be underway to the Dolphin Shopping Centre's multi storey car park.

The first phase of the work, costing £1.1 million, will start on Monday 18 July 2016, involving extensive improvements to the top deck of the customer car park. This will include complete re-surfacing works, replacement of the waterproofing system and the associated movement joints as well as replacing the lights with new columns and LED lanterns.

To enable the improvements to be carried out, the top two decks of the car park will be temporarily closed for public use from Monday 18 July until early November. It is anticipated that the car park is to be back to full capacity during the usual shopping run up to Christmas.

During phase one of the works the recently refurbished roof top car parks Shoppers One and Two and remainder of the Dolphin multi storey car park will remain open for use and the Dolphin Shopping Centre will continue to be open for business. The works are to be undertaken by Concrete Repairs Limited.

Julian McLaughlin, Head of Transportation Services, Borough of Poole, said: “We are progressing well with our co-ordinated programme of work to improve Poole’s town centre car parks. We have recently completed the refurbishment of both Shoppers 1 and 2 roof car parks and we are now focusing on major improvements to the Dolphin Shopping Centre’s multi storey car park”.

“The work to the multi storey is in two phases. Once Phase one is completed then in coming years phase two will provide further extensive improvement within the Dolphin multi storey car park to a standard expected by our customers.”

Councillor Drew Mellor, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transportation, Borough of Poole, said: “We are keen to improve our car parks and this work is part of the council’s ongoing commitment to maintaining Poole Town Centre’s infrastructure to not only support retailers but the economic prosperity of the town. One of our key priorities as a council is ensuring the continued regeneration of Poole and we hope that this work will help to secure significant regeneration investment in the town centre which will not only benefit our residents but also help to attract visitors to the area.”

John Grinnell, Dolphin Shopping Centre manager,  added: “We are pleased to be working in partnership with Borough of Poole on the future development of car parking in the town and appreciate the level of engagement that the Council have put into ensuring that the right strategies are put in place to meet the future needs of our customers.

“The Dolphin Shopping Centre is very much open for business and I want to assure shoppers that the car park closure will create very limited disruption to visitors as they will still be able to visit Shoppers One and Two and the remainder of the multi storey car park.”