Car park reopens after refit

OFFICIALS got revved up to welcome drivers who used the Civic Centre Spiral car park for the first time since its £283,000 refurbishment.Councillor Penny Breakwell, responsible for environment and transport, said: "We're very pleased that work has been completed so quickly and will provide a more attractive and safer facility for residents and visitors.

OFFICIALS got revved up to welcome drivers who used the Civic Centre Spiral car park for the first time since its £283,000 refurbishment.

Councillor Penny Breakwell, responsible for environment and transport, said: "We're very pleased that work has been completed so quickly and will provide a more attractive and safer facility for residents and visitors."

The 320 space car park closed in February for six weeks for essential maintenance and the replacement of the sprinkler system and fire doors.

Mrs Breakwell was on hand yesterday to greet the car park's first customer, John Peters of Grinnell UK, whose company installed the sprinkler system.

Refurbishment work included 22.5 tonnes of metal sprinkler pipe removed and replaced, 1,008 new fire sprinkler heads installed, nine pairs of new fire doors, a full repaint and a new alarm system put in.

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Built in 1964, it was the first underground car park designed on a spiral ramp.

It is 46 ft deep.

Two million gallons of water per day were pumped out at peak during construction.

The parking area is 1330 ft long

It took two and a half years to build at the cost of £362,000 (1964 prices).

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