Launch of Car Park Guidance Documents

The Institution of Civil Engineers launched its long-awaited guidance document on the maintenance of multi-storey car parks – ‘Recommendations for the inspection, maintenance and management of car park structures’ – on 4 December. The Recommendations owe much to the input from the FaberMaunsell Infrastructure Maintenance team, who contributed substantially to the document during its drafting. At the launch, Peter Robery and Mike Haynes, FaberMaunsell’s representatives on the ICE National Steering Committee, gave a paper outlining repair strategies to extend the life of car parks.
The Recommendations are aimed primarily at car park owners and operators, and stress it is their duty to ensure that car parks are demonstrably safe. Guidance is also given for professional engineering advisors, stressing the importance of using specialists in testing, structural assessment and repair.

Nearly 90% of the 4,000 multi-story car parks in the UK are owned by local authorities, investment companies and fund managers - the big five operators like NCP & APCOA own less than 8% of these structures.

Responding to the opportunities that the Recommendations will bring, FaberMaunsell has formed a car park communications group to help promote its activities in this area. The challenge over the next few months is to bring the existence of the Recommendations to the diverse collection of owners, many of whom may only operate a single car park. The assistance of the Local Authority Focus Group is being sought, to help promote FaberMaunsell's specialist services in car park inspection, maintenance and repair.

The ICE's report completes a series of four of documents on car parks each with a significant contribution from FaberMaunsell's Infrastructure Maintenance Stream. In October, the Institution of Structural Engineers published updated guidance on the construction of new multi-storey car parks, with FaberMaunsell staff drafting sections on durable concrete construction and maintenance. In November, two PII reports were issued, covering car park deterioration and performance of car park barriers, using FaberMaunsell project data and experience.

For further information, contact Peter Robery or Mike Haynes in the Birmingham – Temple Street office.
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