Customer: Department for Infrastructure and Transport
Location: Adelaide, South Australia
The Paradise Park n’ Ride was part of a State Government initiative to invest in better public transport to improve connectivity, deliver faster and more reliable travel options, and encourage increased use of public transport.
The project was delivered by the Public Transport Projects Alliance (PTPA), comprising McConnell Dowell, Arup, Mott MacDonald and the Department for Infrastructure and Transport.
The new Park ‘n’ Ride increased the number of car parking spaces from 458 to 815, including 9 Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) compliant car parks, 6 Kiss ‘n’ Go bays, 24 motorcycle and more than 30 bicycle parking spaces.
Many factors were considered during design including maximising the number of new parking spaces, minimising impacts on surrounding vegetation, maintaining safe and efficient bus operation, responding the local urban character and built form and enhancing pedestrian and cycle access.
To reduce the land required for building and to minimise impacts on existing vegetation, a new ground-level car park adjacent to Darley Road and a new single level car park (ground and first floor) over the existing car park accessed via Gameau Road was constructed.
Through the design development phase, BlueBeam Studio, a real-time, collaborative platform was utilised for drawing review, providing efficiency and consistency for the time constrained project.
Community engagement was an important part of the project during both the design and construction phase. Early input sought from the local community and stakeholders resulted in design changes including improved access and the adjustment of the site layout to protect significant trees.
The project construction strategy was based on absolute minimal disruption to Bus services through Paradise Interchange and developing and maintaining a flexible construction approach to capitalise on opportunities.
To minimise the impact from the vegetation that was required to be removed, garden bed landscaping was constructed surrounding the new car parks. These garden beds comprised of more than 8,000 individual plants, equating to over 3,200 m² of new landscaped areas.