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Propping allows Bournemouth car park to reopen

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CONTRACTORS AT the £200M Castlepoint shopping centre in Bournemouth were this week continuing to prop its car park after it was closed just before Christmas amid safety fears.

Temporary propping has allowed the troubled 3,000 space car park at the £200M Castlepoint shopping complex in Bournemouth to be progressively re-opened to shoppers.

At the moment two thirds of the spaces are open.

Safety fears triggered by long term spalling and cracking of the precast concrete deck forced the car park to close shortly before Christmas, less than three years since it first opened (NCE 8 December 2005). Most of the shops in the complex also had to close as a result. Castlepoint spokesman David Paine said there had been 'ad hoc' propping of the single upper precast concrete deck for some time.

'After the closure a more designed propping regime was introduced which enabled us to progressively re-open the car park to customers.

'This process will be complete within a couple of weeks and we await proposals from the contractor for a long term solution.' Main contractor is Kier, precast concrete design and build contractor is CV Buchan.

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