It is not simple with booking a concrete or a truck in building a small car park. To ensure the functionality, efficiency, and cost minimization is achieve with various materials and aesthetics along with a proper design must be considered.
Today we are going to provide general guidance only based on our prior jobs and experiences for one-level ground or suspended slab car parking construction only.
Prior to engaging in car park design construction, we have brought together some valuable information for the consideration. We have achieved numerous examples of great functionality, design, construction, and cost of clients through the vast experience which is derived through car parking construction in Sydney.
Shelters have followed the human settlement from the beginning of human history. Creating structures that were primarily fundamental and functional as architecture most often reflected the human needs.
The idea of architecture was invented perhaps it is more accurate to say it was created as civilization evolved and developed in complexity. Construction of places and building around the train stations, ports, and other modes of transits evolved along with car parking construction.
For the staff and the customers to park their cars is obviously the main purpose of the car park but there are purposes which need to be considered while going ahead with a car park design layout. But there are other purposes of a car park building which needs to be considered which includes:
Garbage & refuse access – Accommodating the bins and allowing garbage truck access is what a car park might be requiring. You do not want them close to the building entrance and you need to ensure access is available for staff or cleaners to safely access these garbage truck as the location of bins within in the car park requires the ultimate consideration.
Shade sails, a fixed awning, landscape trees, a concrete or asphalt car park, security lighting, ramp or disability access and the line marking are things which need to be considered.
To effectively and efficiently provide the functionality required after considering all items which are noted above with the design of the car park which is important. You want to maximize the number of car parks in a given space ensuring that there is adequate room to navigate into the car park from the driveway in addition to these.
The use of tandem car parks for staff parking is useful to avoid the potential waste from having multiple lanes between parking rows for the larger areas.To factor in water runoff, landscaping, foundations, load, and material which is used it is always recommended that an engineer design the car park. You should always check with local councils or planning authorities as to the development or building approvals which are required before the construction commences in addition to all.
To factor in water runoff, landscaping, foundations, load, and material which is used it is always recommended that an engineer design the car park. You should always check with local councils or planning authorities as to the development or building approvals which are required before the construction commences in addition to all.
You should aim to ensure that it is aesthetically appealing and has an uncluttered feel as a client’s first impression of your business is the car park. To provide a more comfortable area, minimal but effective landscaping can be used.
The construction materials
As advised by the local authorities, it is always recommended to construct with the engineered design and materials which are qualified in the engineer’s report and any development approval package. Just for the sake of the information, we have compiled a list of a few construction materials which needs to be used.
To form a car park this is by far the cheapest and the quickest material. It is forgiving when laid on land with slight imperfections such as potholes, as it is loose.
The potential dust which it could stir and movement when driven on as issues may arise with the size of gravel which is used. It is very common to have weeds or grass sprouts through and a constant inconvenience to keep it tidy in addition to all.
Depending on car park size, this can be cheaper than the concrete. To repair and resurface when damaged it is easier. When laid in larger areas due to natural movements in the ground which is more prevalent in times of drought and rain where the earth shrinks and expands.
It is susceptible to cracking. With heavy traffic and larger amounts of rain, it is also susceptible to potholes. It provides a good gripping for the steep driveways as it is flexible and not slippery.
Following the earthworks and rolling, it is best laid on the ground. As there generally are fewer cracks than the concrete, asphalt is argued to be the most resistant to weeds.
At times depending on size, this can be comparable in price to asphalt and for larger car parks which include the shopping centers, office blocks, warehouse car parks etc, it is generally more expensive.
Requiring a lot lesser maintenance concrete is also a more durable and harder product. The lifespan of concrete us up to 20 years which requires resurfacing thereafter with the regular vehicle use.
In Sydney, there are construction companies that have aided in the design and have even constructed modular car parks with concrete driveways. Where it is the best-suited option for the premises it does support asphalt and loose gravel. An individual should be considered on its own merits as each project is different.
To ensure that the levels are correct to allow safer movements of vehicles and to ensure that it is free draining, building any car park often requires significant earthworks. To accommodate the electrical plumbing and stormwater requirement pre-pavement the ground is compacted and trenches are dug.
Construction Cost & Time:
Cost is heavily dependent on the type of construction material which is used as mentioned above. The design fees, counsel fees, plumbing, and electrical works if any, storm waterworks, kerbing, landscaping, line marking, sealing if required, disability access or tactile, bike parking racks and lighting if required are the additional cost considerations needs to be given to the ancillary items which are required for car park construction.