Talbot Gateway Project Wins Best Refurbishment Award

The prestigious £6.5m Talbot Gateway car park has been recognised at the annual parking awards in London, scooping the best refurbishment category.

The project involved the alteration, repair and refurbishment of an existing five-storey multi-storey car park in Blackpool to deliver 658 spaces. The development agreement between Blackpool Borough Council and Muse Developments brought contractor Tolent Construction in to carry out the works.

Car Park Repairs

Completed in 1939, Talbot Gateway is the oldest 'true' MSCP in the country according to the Transport Trust. The car park was extended from its original plan during the 1960s by means of a reinforced concrete extension, spanning over the service yard and access road to the adjacent Prudential House building. The construction of the extension is substantially different to that of the original car park.

The works to the car park form part of the first phase of a larger, £220m regeneration project to transform Blackpool's town centre.

Car Park Repairs

It now forms a central part of the mixed-use scheme, which also includes a 120,000 sq ft Sainsbury's store, a 126,000 sq ft, energy-efficient office development 'Number 1 Bickerstaffe Square' with ground floor retail and gym and extensive new public spaces.

Originally designed to offer four parking levels with public toilets and Blackpool's main bus station at ground floor level, the car park featured terracotta tiled facades and 'window' openings to provide natural light and ventilation when it was first built.

When built, the MSCP provided space for 750 cars on its four upper levels plus mezzanines and the roof, while the ground floor was designed to house the town's bus station. The old bus station area is tarea is to be converted into retail space as part of the refurbishment project.

The structure, which has a steel and concrete frame, required a considerable amount of concrete repair work to be done because of its age. Its entry/exit ramp has a slope of 1 in 7.5. For internal circulation, its ramps have a useable slope of 1 in 10.

USL StructureCare was appointed to carry out the concrete repairs and deck waterproofing. This involved using sprayed concrete repair techniques with Spraycem 301 cementitious repair mortar from Nufins. USL StructureCare also utilised carbon fibre strengthening materials from Mapei to strengthen the car park's columns, and installed cathodic protection utilising hybrid galvanic anodes from CPT.

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