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Castlepoint car park negotiations are almost finalised
PLANS are expected to be finalised this year for the rebuild of the flawed Castlepoint car park.
The completion date for a new car park at the shopping centre now looks to be at least six years away if the completed contract for the new structure is agreed and work starts after 2013.
Mark Watt, of Standard Life Investments, the operator for the Castlepoint Partnership, said agreement is at “an end game” and “within touching distance”.
He said: “We are inching ever closer and we’ve had a fairly sustained period of effort towards the end of 2012.
“We are slowly getting there.”
Castlepoint temporarily closed in 2005 after the concrete floor and columns developed cracks in the raised car park.
Extra support was installed and will remain in place until the five phase, five year project gets underway.
Mr Watt said the Kier group, original contractors for the car park, will carry out the re-build.
Negotiations on the plans have included organising the insurance and making preparations for any possible claims made by tenants.
He said: “We are negotiating with Kier and they’ve got all their insurers in the background.
“But I think we are within touching distance.”
The shopping centre will remain open during the work and Mr Watt said replacement parking spaces will be made available within the boundaries of the centre to keep losses of car park spaces “minimal”.
“The good bit about this is that the centre continues to trade incredibly well,” he added.
Bill Riddle, operations manager at Castlepoint, said although they are currently “no further forward”, they have “a very successful centre”.