Work to start on £1.7m Mansfield car park revamp

Work is set to start to replace concrete panel cladding on Mansfield’s Walkden Street car park.

Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 5:24 pm
Updated Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 5:24 pm

The £1.7m scheme will see panels replaced on two sides of the car park plus the area around the entrance.

A number of car parking spaces will be unavailable for the duration of the work, both in the multi storey car park and the old bus station surface car park.

Contractors will be on site from tomorrow (January 24) and the project is expected to continue until September.

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Part of the surface car park will be fenced off to form a compound for the contractors and there will be a revised car park one way system.The top level of the multi-storey car park will be closed to allow for the distribution of materials around the site, and the whole car park will be closed at various times to replace cladding around the entrance.The improvements are part of the council's strategy to improve Mansfield and make it more attractive to encourage more people to visit and shop in the town centre. Councillor Stuart Richardson, portfolio holder for regeneration and growth, said: "Some of the concrete panels have reached the end of their natural life and were deemed a potential danger in 2018. The council had known this work was coming and had budgeted to deal with the issue. "The scaffolding was erected as a safety measure until work could begin on a suitable replacement scheme.

“We have continued to monitor the situation while liaising with contractors to identify long-term solutions. The process has involved securing planning permission and a formal licence agreement from the car park landlord, as the council does not own it."Unfortunately, this has taken longer than we would have liked but we are now looking forward to starting work on the scheme and improving both the safety and look of the car park in what is a key gateway site in the town. "We apologise for any temporary disruption and inconvenience that this project will cause and we hope users of the car parks can bear with us while this vital work is carried out."