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Published 15th Jun 2011

Centre Square at night

Important maintenance work to Middlesbrough’s popular Centre Square is being carried out over the next week.

The work will see improved drainage installed in the grassed area in front of mima and replacement lights in the fountain.

The drainage work was due to start on Wednesday, June 15, with the fountain work staring on Monday, June 20.

During heavy downpours or prolonged periods of wet weather, puddles have been forming on the grassed area in front of mima due to problems with the drainage system installed when the Square was originally built.

Discussions have been held with the contractor involved in the original project, and following tests they have agreed to carry out slit drainage work to support the existing system.

Meanwhile, the lamps in the fountain are being replaced due to general wear and tear.

LED bulbs will be fitted to replace the existing halogen units, with a life expectancy of some 50,000 hours compared with 5,000 hours for the existing halogen bulbs, and the additional benefit of vastly reduced energy usage, maintenance and running costs for the fountain and less frequent maintenance closures.

The fountain will be fenced off during the period of the works, which is expected to take up to five days.

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