Repairs to Norwich multi-storey car park move step nearer

St Andrews Car Park, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams

St Andrews Car Park, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

More than £1m of repairs due to take place at Norwich's biggest council-run multi-story car park have moved a step closer after councillors agreed to allow the award of a contract for the work.

The £9.3m St Andrew's Car Park is set to be fixed this summer after members of Norwich City Council's cabinet yesterday agreed to award the contract to carry out the work – subject to a satisfactory evaluation process.

Alan Waters, deputy leader and cabinet member for resources, said he was 'delighted' to note the recommendation of the report and added the work would mean the car park could 'operate at full capacity'.

Speaking after the meeting he said: 'It's really important. It needs to be repaired. I'm delighted that the work is soon to be carried out.'

The 1,082-space car park, off Duke Street, officially opened in 2005, replacing a previous multi-storey car park in the same spot.

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But it had a troubled start.

Its opening was delayed and it ended up costing nearly £1m more than expected.

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The car park won an award as best new car park of the year, but cracks were discovered in July 2009 and props were put in place, which remain there to this day.

City Hall officers have been locked in talks with contractors over who is responsible.

And, in the city council's budgets over the past few years, a contingency fund was set aside to cover repairs.

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