How £930k was spent on John Lewis car park
AS part of John Lewis's welcome to Exeter, almost £930,000 was spent on refurbishing and rebranding a public car park.
The King William Street multi-storey became the John Lewis car park. Despite the name change, it remains under Exeter City Council's control.
A number of major alterations were made and the city council said the expenditure would mean more revenue, although prices have also risen with one hour's parking now costing £1.80, as opposed to 90p.
The anticipated annual revenue, according to Steve Carnell, the city council's parking and waterways manager, is expected to increase by £500,000 a year from the £440,000 it generated in 2011-12.
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On this basis, the refurbishment will take two to three years to pay for itself, although this does not take into account the additional revenue the car park may have generated without the work following the arrival of John Lewis.
So, how did Exeter City Council spend £927,548 on a car park (which is £27,548 more than the council stated it cost in a press release given out as the car park reopened)?
The Echo has received a full breakdown following a Freedom Of Information request.
The cost of paint for walls and handrails etc was £42,704.38, and the paint used is designed to stop the concrete deteriorating.
The cost of recoating the car park decks with anti-slip surfaces was £308,971.62, while a total of £44,441 is listed as being spent on temporary accommodation.
The stairwell refurbishment cost £16,702.
Work on improving the exit and entrance cost £53,840 while £133,008.70 was spent on the new pay-on-foot system.
Repairing parts of the concrete cost £6,967.35, while £41,778.41 was the cost of electrical work.
A new CCTV system cost £71,282, and the construction of a new cleaners' store cost £3,700.
The refurbishment of the old cleaner's office to create a new operations and mess room cost £24,649.05, and new handrails on F deck and around the exit cost £6,075.
All of that was included in the original budget and these further works were undertaken after the budget was set.
The relocation of the car park's motorbike store to Leighton Terrace cost £1,985, and providing pigeon fencing cost £2,500.
Drop kerbs were needed to meet Disability Act requirements in Leighton Terrace at a cost of £2,268, and the walls were rendered in the car park at a cost of £8,446.38 to improve their appearance.
Back to the budgeted work, and additional drainage was needed to "reduce the previous incidents of ponding" at a cost of £5,580.35, while "white lining work" cost £2,314.97 which created additional disabled parking.
New AA signs cost £300 while other new signage cost £4,100.
The new glass entrance canopy cost £60,017.73, and the cost of Devon County Council installing variable message signs, informing motorists about how many spaces are available, cost £2,500.
A total of £12,832.16 was spent on further works to the entrance to add speed humps to "give level access for disabled users and slow down traffic flow". The entire front area was resurfaced rather than having a "poor-looking patchwork effect".
It was discovered that the existing concrete exit lane was in a "worse condition than expected" as was an "existing paving slab path" which was replaced to provide better Disability Act access to the toilets and the Watt Tyler House fire escape at a £29,379.53 total cost.
Completely new windows were provided in the lift stair tower as the existing frames were deemed to "be beyond repair". The glass throughout the Watt Tyler House stairwell was also replaced with a £25,358.20 total cost.
Then £627.65 was spent on roller shutter door repair, works associated with the installation of new signs cost £3,468.62 and additional handrails cost £6,000.
Finally, £5,750 was spent on cleaning the car park.
The final bill was £927,548.07.
It has 425 spaces, including 14 bays for disabled drivers and a family parking area. The city council funded the refurbishment through borrowing as part of its capital budget.