First stage of work for a multi-story car park in Cirencester to begin
By James Young | 12th March 2019
The first phase of work that could see The Waterloo car park in Cirencester become a multi-story will begin on Monday.
A structural ground survey will begin on March 18 to assess the site's load-bearing capacity of the foundations at the site on The Waterloo.
The survey will involve boring three holes in locations within the car park and take around two weeks to complete.
Screens will be erected around each area and that will have a temporary impact on the number of car parking spaces.
Display notices will be going up in the car park to inform the public about the work.
A Cotswold District Council statement said: "We apologise in advance for any noise which may affect neighbouring properties and have instructed the contactor to minimise any impact.
"All permit holders for the Waterloo have the option of using the Abbey Grounds during these works.
The Council needs to undertake this ground survey to make sure that the foundations will bear a multi-storey structure.
"We have already commissioned an Environmental Impact Assessment Screening Opinion for the proposed new car park.
"This will enable independent scrutiny of the project's impact, as well as providing useful advice about mitigating any potential environmental issues such as flooding, contaminates and ambient noise levels.
"The results of the ground survey will provide essential information for use by the engineers designing the structure. It will also provide greater clarity when working up the cost estimates."
A council-commissioned report concluded that around 350 extra car parking spaces are needed in Cirencester by the year 2031 to satisfy an increasing demand.
The Waterloo car park has been chosen as the most suitable site within the town to build a multi-storey.
As yet, the design or plans for the number of spaces the new car park will have has not been decided as the council need to ascertain whether the site is suitable by completing the survey.
For more information about the Cirencester Parking Project see www.cotswold.gov.uk/parkingproject
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