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Carpark care

Letters to the editor

Having recently faced the possibility of losing a 630 space multistorey carpark, I would commend any initiative which forces the owners of such reinforced concrete structures to regularly inspect and maintain them (NCE 3 December 1998).

Concrete is not an inert substance; it is prone to deterioration as are all building materials and needs care and maintenance. If owners do not acknowledge this they will one day have to face the prospect of, at best, unplanned closures and all the recriminations which then follow.

Anthony Brummell (M), chief engineer, Cherwell District Council, Bodicote House, Bodicote, Banbury, Oxfordshire OX15 4AA.

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