DONCASTER’S new Civic Quarter office c omplex is becoming highly visible as builders prepare to swallow up more of the old Waterdale car park.
Over the coming months the car park opposite the Central Library will be gradually closed in phases, starting next Monday, as motorists are encouraged to move to the revamped multi-storey on College Road.
The newly-refurbished Southern multi-storey car park – which is to be renamed the Civic Quarter Car Park – will remain open during the works.
The final section of Waterdale Central car park is due to close at the end of August, by which time the Civic Quarter car park should be substantially complete with all 850 spaces available for use.
Small sections of Waterdale Central have already been removed so work can start on building a new access road to serve the new performance venue.
But next week will see about 124 of the 389 spaces removed for archaeological evaluation work to take place.
As the archaeological work progresses, a second section of car park will be closed from Monday, June 13 with the loss of a further 148 spaces, before the last 117 spaces will go in late August when construction of the new performance venue and public square are planned to commence.
The Waterdale Surface car park, near Ward Brothers, will be transformed into another high-quality public space from July.
During the works 20 of the 51 short-stay parking spaces will remain available, and there will be about 30 spaces once it is completed next spring.
Coun Jonathan Wood, cabinet member for business and regeneration, said: “We have every reason to be pleased with progress to date.
“The civic offices’ building is clearly visible and rising further every day. Regeneration of Waterdale is on track and on budget and I am looking forward to the next stage of development.”
The improved Civic Quarter car park – which for years has been operating at less than half capacity – will cater for drivers who used the Waterdale Central car park.
Work on the £2.5 million transformation, which began in March, should be substantially complete by late August and will see an extensive range of improvements, including complying with the Park Mark for Safer Parking Scheme. This will provide car users with safe and secure parking.