Update on the closure of multi-storey car parks
Work is underway to determine whether a parking lot in downtown Bridgend can be partially reopened or should remain closed.
The multi-story Brackla One building, located in Cheapside, was unable to reopen following the recent Alert Level Four lockdown after significant health and safety concerns were discovered.
An inspection by council officers found evidence that the fatigue below the surface inside the facility had significantly worsened and was causing pieces of concrete to fall from the ceilings.
As a result, the parking lot, which was built in the 1970s, remains temporarily closed in the interest of public safety.
City engineers are currently determining whether the parking lot will be able to partially reopen in order to provide some parking capacity and Shopmobility service for the city center.
Janine Nightingale, Director of Communities, said: “The parking lot has shown signs of continued deterioration for some time. While not structurally unhealthy, we do recognize that it is nearing the end of its natural life, much like the old Rhiw apartment building multi-story before it.
“As such, the council has already put in place budget plans for the inevitable demolition of the parking lot as well as ambitious new proposals for how this part of town could be used in the future.
“Along with the nearby police station, the Cheapside area is an important part of our future downtown regeneration strategy, and plans are under development that could create a brand new Bridgend College building there, which which would of course increase considerably. frequentation of the city center.
“Until we have more information, we keep an open mind about reopening the parking lot, but if it turns out to be too dangerous or if the necessary repairs are too costly for a reopening to take place. instead, we will consider advancing the proposed demolition.
“At present, our engineers are resolutely focused on determining whether a partial reopening of the car park is possible, in particular for the resumption of the Shopmobility service.
“In the meantime, we have confirmed that all other private and city council-managed car parks remain available, including at the Rhiw Multi Story car park where the first three hours of use are currently free, and that they have sufficient ability to accommodate drivers who would otherwise have chosen to park in Cheapside.
“We will post further updates once our engineers confirm their findings.”
The city center car parks maintained by the municipality are located at the following locations:
Brackla Three (behind Wilkinsons)
Five Bells Road
Bridgend Life Center