The careful selection of car park decking systems means the right blend of waterproofing, traffic resistance and practical application constrants can be considered to give a long term durable, aesthetic solution which minimises disruption to the users of the car park and maximises revenues for the client, both during the refurbishment and in the long term, by improving the environment for the user.
The decking can be used as part of a long term strategy to protect the structure from degredation along with other possible techniques such as concrete repair, decorative protective concrete soffit coatings, steel corrosion protection systems, corrosion inhibitors, sacraficial anodes and cathodic protection, all in accordance with the Life Care Plan approach suggested in the ICE Document ‘Recommendations for the inspection, maintenance and management of car park structures’ and the management strategies outlined in BS EN1504.
I graduated from Surrey University with Civil Engineering Degree which included a sandwich year working for Specialist Piling Contractor, Cementation. My first post graduate role was with Gifford and Partners working mainly within bridge design and assessment, although I did also design the hull of a Hovercraft at one stage! I spend my last year with Giffords seconded to Hampshire CC working as a resident engineer for the bridges on the Bentley Bypass. As the project came to an end I decided to look for a more commercially focused role and started working for the global specialist construction materials manufacturer Sika. Having started at the grass routes level within the company I progressed, via several development roles, to running the UK ‘Contractors’ Business Unit with a gross turnover of approx £16m. In Nov 2013 I left Sika and after being self employed for a few months I established Structural Refurbishment Solutions Ltd (SRS Ltd) as a consultancy specialising in Technical Sales and Marketing Strategy Support, with a focus on structural refurbishment such as concrete repair, structural strengthening, flooring and waterproofing.