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ICE publishes guidelines on multi-storey parking

INTERIM GUIDELINES for the inspection and maintenance of multi-storey car parks have been published by the ICE.

Produced by the ICE-led national steering committee on the inspection of multi-storey car parks, the guidelines are the first to be aimed at owners and operators.

Warnings over the potential problems have been made by the ICE/IStructE standing committee on structural safety since 1994. But three serious accidents since 1996 in which cars drove through barriers, and the partial collapse of a car park in Wolverhampton in 1997, led to calls for a review of standards.

The new document gives a range of guidelines covering all aspects of maintenance, from daily inspections by car park staff to complete structural examinations by engineers for all structures over 12 years old.

NSC chairman David Yeoell said that the thrust of the guidelines was to apply bridge rather than building engineering techniques of inspection and maintenance.

'These are special structures exposed to the environment and used by vehicles so we have to look at them in a special way.

The primary aim must be public safety, ' he said.

The NSC has now invited consultants to bid to develop the final report due next year.

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