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Service manuals for multi-storeys

'SERVICE MANUALS' for multistorey car parks (MSCPs) will be one of the key recommendations in the ICE's forthcoming guidance document on MSCP inspection, maintenance and management, a seminar was told last week.

ICE steering group consultant Dr John Menzies said that the introduction of 'life-care plans' was the biggest change to the interim guidance first published in July 2000.

These would specify who was responsible for carrying out inspection and maintenance work on each MSCP and record all work.

Maximum frequencies of inspections will also be set down. These range from a six monthly routine inspection through a condition survey every eight years to a full structural appraisal at least once every 16 years.

Menzies said the steering group, made up from representatives of the Institutions of Civil and of Structural Engineers, car park operators and users, and government, had taken cues from the Highways Agency's work on bridge management.

The document would also include recommendations on testing techniques and structural assessment and appraisal of sensitive details like joints, Menzies added.

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