WORK on a £100m shopping centre is having to be redone because it is leaking – only six months after it opened.
Pools of water were discovered in the multi-storey car park under the Eagles Meadow complex caused by water dripping through the ceiling.
The flagship retail complex opened in October last year.
Now workers are digging up the plaza above the car park to waterproof it properly.
Last week the showpiece staircase up to the centre had to be repaired, with one side fenced off to the public.
Developer Wilson Bowden said it was a teething problem and subcontractors who carried out the work were having to sort it out.
Eagles Meadow centre manager Kevin Critchley, who recently took over the post, said the problems with seals around the building only emerged after it opened.
He said: “After it was finished, it was found to have leaks. They were finding a lot of pools of water in the car parks.
“Now they are having to dig up flag stones and get right down to the tanking to make sure the leaks are stopped.”
Last week the water was still visible dripping into the car park through the ceiling.
There can be no guarantee the source of the leak is directly above the pools so workers are having to look at all the centre’s edges.
Mr Critchley said he hoped the work would be completed by the summer.
But Wilson Bowden bosses were optimistic the cones would be removed in the next few weeks.
Retail director Will Robinson insisted any cost of redoing the work had already been built into contracts.