Dolphin car park to be repaired – but it will cost £750,000

Bournemouth Echo: LEAKING: Poole’s Shoppers 2 car park, off Serpentine Lane, closed for repairs LEAKING: Poole’s Shoppers 2 car park, off Serpentine Lane, closed for repairs

A TOWN centre car park in Poole that has been closed since May 2012 is to be repaired and re-opened at a cost of £750,000.

Major repairs are to be carried out to the leaking roof-top car park above Dolphin Shopping Centre stores.

Although temporary sheeting was installed to reduce the amount of rainwater leaking from the Serpentine Lane car park into the shops below, WH Smith was one of those which suffered from water getting into the store.

In February 2013 the Dolphin Shopping Centre was sold and Borough of Poole has had detailed discussions and negotiations with the new owners, Legal & General Property, to resolve the long standing problem.

Work is due to begin on July 17 to replace the car park surface, water proofing system and expansion joints as well as cladding the brickwork parapets.

Repairs will also be made to the stairwells and a new low energy lighting system will be installed to reduce energy consumption.

The project is being jointly funded by Borough of Poole and Legal & General Property and the long-closed car park is due to reopen in October.

Cllr Ian Potter, cabinet portfolio holder for transportation, Borough of Poole, said: “This is a great example of partnership working at its best.

“Borough of Poole and Legal & General Property have worked closely together to develop a solution which will ensure that the roof-top car park will be available for public use in the autumn and provide relief for the shops which have suffered leaks for many years. This is great news for residents and visitors to Poole especially in the busy shopping period leading up to Christmas.”

The work will be undertaken by Balfour Beatty.

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11:12am Mon 14 Jul 14

folkprotector says...

This is great news. I'll watch the repair project with interest and much anticipation
This is great news. I'll watch the repair project with interest and much anticipation folkprotector
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6:33pm Mon 14 Jul 14

mikeymagic says...

750k? I'm sure a few of the guys parked up by the fire depot in Poole recently would tar-mac the drive for a lot less! If you make them tea they might even sharpen your shears!!!
750k? I'm sure a few of the guys parked up by the fire depot in Poole recently would tar-mac the drive for a lot less! If you make them tea they might even sharpen your shears!!! mikeymagic
  • Score: 2

9:17pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Lewcee says...

What about the Dolphin Centre itself - the whole building leaks in heavy rain, leading to buckets...yes buckets being placed out all over the place, even in the Mall by the lifts and escalators. Knock it down and build something...properly waterproofed!
What about the Dolphin Centre itself - the whole building leaks in heavy rain, leading to buckets...yes buckets being placed out all over the place, even in the Mall by the lifts and escalators. Knock it down and build something...properly waterproofed! Lewcee
  • Score: 2

8:44am Tue 15 Jul 14

Stereotyped says...

So why do we pay to park there exactly? If it is not for maintenance on the car parks, be nice to know where that money is going...
So why do we pay to park there exactly? If it is not for maintenance on the car parks, be nice to know where that money is going... Stereotyped
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8:54am Tue 15 Jul 14

justme20092009 says...

muppetts
muppetts justme20092009
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12:06pm Tue 15 Jul 14

inteligentlady2 says...

I'm so glad I've never paid tax. The council needs to sort their priorities out.
I'm so glad I've never paid tax. The council needs to sort their priorities out. inteligentlady2
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1:29am Wed 16 Jul 14

martinsim34 says...

oh is that not the company that allows and condonds bullying to staff whych farm
oh is that not the company that allows and condonds bullying to staff whych farm martinsim34
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