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20 Jul 2022 by Classic Architectural Group
With Australia’s growing population, it’s natural to see the rise of cars and congestion on the roads. To improve accessibility, we’ve also seen a significant increase in both the size and number of car parking areas surrounding office buildings, shopping centres, stadiums, and other public facilities.
While car parks are low-speed environments, they often cater to multiple directions of pedestrian and vehicle travel. Pedestrians are weaving their way to and from their cars while drivers are focused on finding a spot or getting out of the car park, requiring all users to be extra vigilant of their surroundings. To ensure everyone’s safety, the design of car parks and shared spaces requires impeccable attention to detail. Complementing thoughtful design processes, installing high-quality car park safety products can enhance pedestrian access, minimise vehicular damage and lower the risk of accidents. Stringent maintenance protocols are also necessary to eliminate any risk factors, such as poor lighting or spills, that may lead to pedestrians injuring themselves.
We’ve outlined some of the most important car park safety considerations below. To discuss your project’s specific requirements, please get in touch with our friendly team for a detailed consultation.
When designing and building an off-street car park, there are multiple guidelines and regulations to adhere to including AS 2890, AS 1158 and other relevant Australian Standards. You can learn more about them here. Aside from functional and safety requirements, you’ll want to have a clear understanding of any OHS obligations that may be relevant to the operation or access of a workplace car park.
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As a general overview, here are some design guidelines to ensure the safety of your car park:
You will also need to ensure that the car park is fully accessible for people with special needs or disabilities, in compliance with the Disability Discriminations Act (DDA).
With pedestrians and vehicles constantly entering, moving around and exiting the car park, common safety hazards should be identified and controlled to minimise accidents and collisions.
Common safety hazards can include:
If a user injures themselves in the car park due to a preventable hazard, both the owner and designer can be held responsible, with compensation payments ranging between $400,000 to over $1 million depending on the nature of the injury, according to ACO. Car park designers are obliged to ensure that all hazards are considered while owners must ensure the areas are well-maintained.
Improving driver awareness while keeping pedestrians safe, investing in car park safety solutions can help to enhance your pedestrian safety, streamline traffic flow, and reduce the incidence of accidents occurring.
Ensuring the protection of your car parking space and its users, Classic offers a wide range of high-quality car park safety solutions. Working closely with you to bring your vision to life, our products include but are not limited to car park bollards, wheel stops, speed humps, corner/cable guards, car park signage, convex mirrors and bicycle storage.
With over 41 years of experience, we keep pace with modern building design and techniques to develop architecturally designed public access and safety solutions. Supporting you from consultation and design right through to supply and installation, you can trust our team to get you a step ahead.
To level up your next project, please give us a call on 1300 244 377 to speak with our team of experts for helpful advice.