This report introduces a research programme on underground car parks, launched by the International Tunnelling Association (ITA) Working Group No. 13. It covers the first study of the group about a specific use of underground space for car parks; see also IRRD 874535-874536. This article restates the general approach adopted by the working group in a previous report, as a general introduction to all its studies related to specific structures. It begins with a general discussion of car parking, with special reference to the viewpoints of various parties concerned with parking facilities. The direct advantages of underground car parks in urban areas are outlined; they vary according to the influence of various factors. Relevant factors, related to the car park structure, include: (1) conditions for its integration with the environment; (2) protection againsta certain environmental conditions; (3) quality of services to its users; and (4) construction costs. External factors include: (1) nuisances; (2) visual impact; and (3) civil defence. Often, underground car parks are the only feasible way of providing parking facilities. The advantages of underground car parks should be balanced against their construction costs.

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    The Boulevard, Langford Lane
    Kidlington, Oxford  United Kingdom  OX5 1GB
  • Authors:
    • TAREAU, J-P
  • Publication Date: 1995-7


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  • Accession Number: 00714484
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 27 1995 12:00AM