Demolition work set to begin
Work to demolish the closed Broadway multi-storey car park in Maidenhead will start later this month.
The demolition will begin on Monday 29 January and is expected to take around 12 weeks – quicker than originally envisaged. The council has waited until after the crucial Christmas trading period to start this work following safety hoarding going up around the building at the end of last year.
The demolition will be carried out from east to west with the spiral ramp and staircase tower being the last part of the car park to be removed.
A full road closure of Broadway will be required for several days towards the end of the work, in order to enable the safe demolition of the staircase tower, and dates and timings will be publicised in advance once confirmed.
Before this, a partial lane closure on Broadway will be needed to ensure a safe distance is maintained from the demolition works for passing traffic and pedestrians while the spiral ramp is demolished. This will involve the closure of the current vehicle lane, and the opening up of the right-hand lane to enable traffic to continue to access the town centre, and these dates will also be publicised soon.
Cabinet agreed in July to the demolition of the car park, to remove the safety risks posed by the failed structure, while reducing the potential for anti-social behaviour and town centre blight.
Since closing the multi-storey car park for safety reasons in December 2022, the council has worked with contractors and specialists to fully assess the structure and consider options and associated costs for next steps. The 1960s concrete structure is now beyond its economic life and in significant structural failure, due to water ingress eroding the reinforced steel and needs to be demolished.
The project team can be contacted at BroadwayDemolition@RBWM.gov.uk.