Multistorey car parks are increasingly used in busy central districts, but owing to the dynamic nature of urban planning it may be necessary to make preparations for future changes in use. Clearances must be increased to conform to standards for offices and dwellings, and must also be adequate to allow elimination of gradients. Beams must be designed for higher loads. In the case of parking structures deeper than two aisles, light wells should be provided at the outset to cater for future daylight requirements. It is shown that the sum of overall production cost for the car park and the conversion costs is no more than the cost of producing an office building and may be 12% cheaper, depending on standards, while in the case of residential buildings the extra cost is 30-40%. The cost of allowing for future conversion in the design is about 4%. The possibility of conversion would have a favourable effect on the depreciation period for a multistorey car park, and would also make for greater flexibility in traffic planning. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Swedish Institute for Building Research

    Box 27 163, 102 52
    Stockholm,   Sweden 
  • Authors:
    • Dyfverman, J
    • Hollander, J E
  • Publication Date: 1975


  • Swedish

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 107 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00137560
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: R41:1975
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 26 1976 12:00AM