Car park which collapsed leaving vehicles dangling in mid-air – set to reopen after £1.9m work
Major refurbishment works to a multi-storey city centre car park – which partially collapsed last summer leaving vehicles hanging off the edge – have been unveiled ahead of its full re-opening next week.
Last August part of a wall at the NCP Nottingham Mount Street car park fell away and the vehicles were suspended from 50 feet off the ground.
Its owners have since spent up to £1.9m to reinforce the structures of the car park with steel, extend bays by 20 percent in width, re-paint the floors and ceiling and refurbish the public stairwell.
Part of the facility re-opened to season ticket holders in December but the car park will be in full operation from Monday (May 7).
Workers and commuters praised the shape-up.
Ewan Craig, 41, of Ashbourne, Derbyshire, who works in construction and was parked there this morning, said: “It’s great to see the car park looking so good – and the new barriers are up.
“It’s made a huge difference. It smells nice in here, really nice. The spaces are bigger so you do not worry about clipping [other cars].
“Considering I park in a lot of city centre car parks, not often are they spaced out so generously.”
Marie Stafford, 34, a HR manager of Carlton, said: “It will free up a lot of space. It’s needed because they have just knocked one down near the train station.
“It’s quite congested anyway, it will definitely help the area to have this one here. It’s quite convenient for a lot of businesses in this area.”
Darrell Hyde, 51, of Mansfield, a support worker, added: “It’s a lot better, you do not open your door on somebody’s car.
“It’s a bit brighter – you can tell it’s been refurbished. The prices are still a bit expensive.”
Bosses said the collapse happened due to water infiltration over the years, which was detected during work being carried out on the car park before the collapse happened.
Brian Devonshire, head of operations for NCP (National Car Parks), which runs the facility, said: “As part of the NCP inspections into the site, we detected that was a problem. So works began and it was during those works that the area failed.
“It was a very rare occurrence but with the construction of the car park, each concrete deck is now reinforced with steel.”
He added: “Of course, the pictures were very dramatic but I’m sure as people come back and see the car park, the job the guys have done is fantastic. We’re not going to pass on the cost of those repairs to our customers. In fact we’re actually going to be making parking here more affordable.”
The work was financed by the car park’s owners, Park24 and Development Bank of Japan.
As part of the development, the parking bays being widened to 3.1 metres in width.
Mr Devonshire said: “The duration of the works were about eight months, we effected a partial re-opening after about three-and-a-half months where we allowed season ticket customers back in. The full re-opening is this Monday.
“On top of the re-structural works to the building we have completely resurfaced the parking area, we have installed brand new LED lighting throughout.
“We have widened all of the parking bays which are now over 20 percent larger than they were before.
“We’ve refurbished the whole of the stairwell and the lift areas as well. There are still a few bits that we have got to do over the next few weeks but it’s looking really, really good. It’s great to have it open.”
He added: “As we have finished areas, we have re-opened them to the public. We’re back up to 450 spaces now but, because we’ve widened the bays, we’ve lost circa around 45-50 bays.
“But when we’ve finished in the basement, we think we will create another 20 bays. The net result is we really won’t lose that many bays at all.
“Our customers will be able to park in much, much wider bays. We have added two more [disabled bays] and made those wider as well. Here we’ve got nine in total.
“Just to improve security as well [there will be a] pedestrian card reader on the door as you come in. You would need a ticket or valid ticket so that will help.”
Some new charges will now be brought in.
A new shopper rate of £4 for five hours will be brought in for anyone parking between 10am to 3pm, seven days a week.
An “early bird” £6 rate will be introduced for customers arriving between 6am and 9am and leaving before midnight the same day.
The current prices are as follows:
- £3.50 for up to one hour
- £6 for up to two hours
- £9 for up to three hours
- £12 for up to four hours
- £15 for up to five hours
- £18 for 24 hours
- Shopper rate: £4.20 for parking between 11am and 2pm
The basement of the car park is currently being revamped and is expected to reopen soon.