Automatic parking systems specialist LevantaPark explains how to maximise parking space affordably when building on narrow or tight sites.

Architects are often challenged by building design projects on sites with space constraints – the need to incorporate sufficient parking capacity for future occupants will be a primary concern. Both commercial and residential towers need adequate parking spaces to ensure the best ROI; council requirements for parking capacity aren’t negotiable either.

There’s another downside too. A narrow site might be considered to be of lower value than larger sites, simply because many developers don’t know their value and what can be accomplished.

But can sufficient parking spaces be accommodated on such sites affordably?

Parking ramps are typically considered as a solution by architects and building designers. They don’t mind losing a few parking spaces to ramps, thinking it isn’t a big price to pay. However, it’s vital to carefully consider the true cost of a parking space based on the location.

For instance, if the site is located in an upmarket area, the land will naturally be worth a great deal. In Brisbane for example, each car space may be worth as much as $60,000. However, in a highly sought-after area such as Potts Point in inner-city Sydney, each car space may be worth up to $220,000 or more.

Going by these figures, it may not be a financially wise idea to sacrifice multiple parking places to make room for ramps – this cost will have to be made up in the design, leading to compromises or overpricing.

Additionally, constructing these ramps can add up to a lot – cost-wise. When designing a conventional parking setup for a very tight or restricted site, you’ll need to incorporate sufficient ramps at the maximum recommended gradient of not steeper than 1:8, or other, depending on the local building regulations. This means you may end up being able to incorporate about four parking spaces on each level, resulting in more levels, more excavation and more expense.

Incorporating an automatic parking system instead could be a more financially viable solution than the conventional parking design method.

LevantaPark offers a customisable solution to parking design for tight sites. By doing away with ramps completely and minimising the need for excavation, automatic parking systems can be tailored to fit the tight space while meeting or exceeding a building’s parking requirements.

Auto parking systems also offer more safety and security for end users while minimising maintenance. A properly designed and correctly engineered auto parking system will allow users to retrieve their car far more quickly than utilising ramps over multiple levels.

Custom automatic parking systems to meet your needs

Please speak to a design consultant at LevantaPark about how auto parking systems could work with your narrow building site.