After years of heavy use, the car park of the Wycombe Swan
theatre in bustling High Wycombe needed some care and attention. USL
StructureCare took on the task of making it usable again.
Opened in November 1992, the Wycombe Swan theatre is one of the
social hubs of High Wycombe in leafy Buckinghamshire. It's been a
popular venue since the start, with, for example, the period
between August 2010 and July 2011, seeing 280 performances. That's
a lot of visitors, and a lot of wear and tear on the car park built
into the structure, which caters for both theatre-goers and the
A view of Wycombe Shaw Theatre
By early this year it was apparent that the decking on the
levels of the car park would need to be refreshed. Markings had
faded and become indistinct, while the original deck coating had
worn thin and lost its anti-slip properties, making it unsuitable
High Wycombe district council put the work out for tender, but
with a caveat - the car park could only be closed for seven days to
allow the work to be carried out, and it would have to take place
during a quiet period at the theatre, when there were no planned
events - not easy for a building with such a busy schedule. Minimal
disruption and efficiency were the watchwords.
As part of the tender process, USL StructureCare undertook a detailed
survey of the structure beforehand, and found that, despite its
poor condition, the 5,775m2 existing decking was suitable to be
overlaid as part of the preparation works, which would include shot
blasting, and removal of any loose material. USL
StructureCare won the tender, and the work was scheduled
between 29 July and 5 August this year.
A coating of many colours
Once the works had been instructed, and the car park closed to
the public, the preparatory works began. Captive shot blasting
teams worked from the covered upper-levels down to the basement
level, and the deep clean of the decking surfaces was completed
within the first two days of the contract.
The time had come to apply the coating, and it was decided to
use BASF Conideck
2257 and USL's own Nufin's Uradeck, for both their fast-curing properties
and their lack of solvents, meaning there would be no pungent smell
after application. In fact, no complaints were received from owners
of adjacent properties during or after the works.
The new car park surfacing systems were installed in a series of
colours - selected by High Wycombe district council to provide
contrasting parking bays and running colours. The combination of
dark grey for the parking bays and mid grey for the running aisles
had been used successfully on a previous project for High Wycombe
district council, and was selected because of the advantages of
darker colour tones needing minimal cleaning operations, while
still offering an obvious contrast to assist with providing a
user-friendly parking facility. Disabled bays were highlighted in
blue, while restricted time parking bays were coated in a different
shade of grey to set them apart.
High Wycombe district council had decided it wanted to use the
refurbishment process as an opportunity to make the structure
easier to use. Line markings were decided upon to achieve this
goal, and once all of the deck coatings had been installed, double
line markings to all parking bays were installed, and where
possible, were extended up the parapet walls.
With the completion of the line marking, the work was completed
- well within the set deadline of one week. In fact, High Wycombe
district council had made allowances for additional phased closures
after the initial week, and had allowed for general contingencies.
As it happened, neither of these was required.
Wycombe Swan car park is once again up and running for the
benefit of the general public, and will continue to do so for a
long time to come. Even car parks need some TLC sometimes.
Article courtesy of Chris Gilson of Parking
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