Multi-storey car parks reopen as normal following essential improvements

News release from 7 August 2017, 11:06am

THREE OF Cambridge City Council’s multi-storey car parks have reopened as normal following the completion of the main elements of a programme of essential improvements.

The improvement works, which are part of a £1.2m investment programme in the council’s multi-storey car parks, were carried out at Grand Arcade, Grafton East and Queen Anne Terrace car parks.

Contractors will be on site for a few days longer to finish minor tasks at Grand Arcade car park, but the major work is finished, meaning that all three car parks are now fully operational and open as normal.

The project has seen a number of improvements:

  • At Grand Arcade car park, which had not had any major refurbishment works since it opened in 2007, a number of improvements have been made including a new protective deck coating throughout the upper car park to keep rainwater out and to protect the building structure. Drainage systems have also been improved to stop pooling water in order to reduce the risk of flooding and the potential need to close areas of the car park. Traffic routes and parking bays have been remarked and relined.

  • At Queen Anne Terrace car park minor structural repairs have been completed which include improvements to the stairwells.

  • At Grafton East car park repair work was carried out to the roof.

The work has been completed ahead of schedule as the expected completion date was in late September.

Cllr Kevin Blencowe, Executive Councillor for Planning and Transportation, said: “I am pleased that we have been able to get these essential improvements done earlier than expected, meaning all three car parks are back to normal operation.

“This investment in our multi-storey car parks will help us to continue to provide the facilities expected by the hundreds of thousands of people who use them each year.

“Finishing the work early reduces the disruption to customers - something that has been one of our priorities throughout.

“I would like to thank all of our customers for their patience and understanding while we carried out the work.

“Inevitably some people were inconvenienced and I am grateful that so many have understood that, given the huge demand for car parking in the city centre, we had to press ahead to get the job done.”

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