The Civic Quarter or Southern Car Park, as it was known
before its refurbishment, was built in the late 1960s. The
structure provided parking on four suspended decks and the ground
floor was a main bus station for the town, making the building a
key infrastructure hub. Parking was provided for around 750 cars.
The structure features in situ reinforced concrete with precast
concrete parapet units fixed around its perimeter. The uncoated car
park's roof deck did not have any provision for waterproofing
before this refurbishment project.
The scheme included altering access into the car park from the
busy Trafford Way entrance to a safer position and capacity was to
increase along with potential revenues and the efficiency of the
car park's management.
The refurbishment involved converting the redundant bus station
area on the ground floor into additional parking, allowing the bay
count to be increased to around 850 cars with a redesigned
entrance/exit position at ground floor level. A new ramp was built
improving circulation around the car park and diverting the main
entrance away from the busy roundabout on Trafford Way allowing
cars to access the upper levels from the new ground floor parking
area. BASF's deck waterproofing membrane Masterseal 2203 (formely
CONIDECK) was installed to the roof (appox. 5000 m2), while
Masterseal 2260 was applied to the three intermediate decks (around
Masterseal provided a seamless coating with an attractive,
skid-resistant, and weather-resistant finish that would be easy to
clean and maintain. Its resistance to fuels, battery acid, de-icing
salts and alkaline cleaners was a further benefit. As Masterseal 's
manufacturer, BASF also provided a single source of supply for the
other construction systems used on the contract.
MASTERTOP® cementitious self-levelling underlayment, was used to
profile and smooth the car park's existing rough-textured deck
surface and Protectosil® CIT corrosion inhibitor was applied to
help prevent corrosion of the concrete's steel reinforcement.
End users were very pleased with the high-quality standard of
parking delivered, with feedback including: "A much cleaner,
brighter and safer place to park," and "colourful and clearly
marked parking bays means a much happier parking experience for me
and my family."