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Allhallows refurbishment

Allhallows multi-storey car park and public toilets are to be given a £2.7 million refurbishment as part of the regeneration project to improve Bedford bus station.


Site investigations are already underway and the works are expected to start in Spring 2013. The shops below the car park will remain open throughout the works.


The works will take place as part of the regeneration project to improve the bus station area announced by Mayor Dave Hodgson. This will include a new and improved bus station waiting area and the construction of a new surface car park on the site of the former Gwyn and Patteshull Court block of flats.


The major refurbishment of Allhallows car park includes:


- Major improvements to the multi storey car park, including repairs to concrete and construction joints, use of energy efficient lighting, waterproof decking and a new payment system
- Refurbishment of the public toilets with modernised disabled facilities
- New shopfronts, including new windows and doors which will improve the appearance of shops in Greenhill Street, below the car park.

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Thanks to savings and efficiencies identified throughout the Council, we have set aside significant funding to improve the bus station area.


“This is a vital gateway to the town centre and it has been in need of modernising and development for decades. We are therefore pleased to be delivering this regeneration of the bus station area in the face of the extremely tough economic climate, starting with these major improvements to Allhallows multi-storey car park. We will also be completely refurbishing and improving the public toilets, including modernising the facilities for users with disabilities.


“Soon, we will also start construction of a new surface car park on the site of the former Gwyn and Patteshull Court blocks of flats and we hope to announce details of further improvements to the area in the near future.”


The refurbishment of the toilets will require the closure of the facilities while the work is taking place. However, temporary toilet provision will be provided on Hassett Street during this time to minimise any inconvenience to the Public.


Allhallows MSCP was built in 1960 and structural surveys have found it is in need of urgent refurbishment and it remains the last of the Council car parks to be refurbished.


In order to minimise disruption to users the refurbishment will take place in stages with the car park remaining in use for the majority of the works. Clearly, this means the refurbishment will take longer compared to completely closing the car park. As a result, the full refurbishment programme is scheduled to take 52 weeks with a four week closure when work will take place on the entrance and exit ramps.


The Council is now liaising with local business to explain and minimise the impact of the works on them.

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