A carpark is an important introduction to your business, school, strata development or organisation.
It needs to make a good impression, as well as provide for efficient use by customers of visitors.
Claremont Asphalt provides complete construction of carparks, as well as repairs or maintenance.
Carpark construction includes:
- Carpark design and plans for the best use of available space
A clear plan is crucial to optimising the available area. The carpark is designed to be the most convenient to users whilst providing the maximum parking space. Additional features such as handicap bays and parking stalls need to be considered during the planning process to ensuring the best functionality.
- Site preparation
A key component of the process, the development area needs to be appropriately prepared before construction can begin. Ensuring the area is clear of debris, the site is level, roots and obstructions are dealt with, are all important aspects that need to be addressed in the site preparation stage. A thorough site preparation will improve the lifespan of your carpark and reduce long-term maintenance fees.
- Drainage installation
As with the site preparation, drainage installation is crucial to increasing the longevity of your asphalt carpark. With very little water absorption, asphalt needs adequate drainage to prevent water build up that can lead to structural damage. Achieving an effective drainage solution involves a correct slope gradient, the use of suitable materials and an accurate project plan.
- Base work
The base work forms the foundation for the asphalt to be laid cleanly on top. It’s the base that sits underneath that allows the asphalt to be successfully reinforced. It involves compacting the lower level of soil which is then covered in a base mix which is typically road base or limestone. This is important for proper drainage, therefore the type of base should be carefully considered.
Depending on the location, space and style, some car parks may include a form of kerbing. While not essential for all car parks, kerbing is recommended if the edge of the asphalt is regularly being driven over. Kerbing also offers a nicer finish on edges and corners, giving the asphalt a cleaner look. There are many styles of kerbing that can be customised to suit the design and location.
- Speed humps
Speed humps are installed in certain car parks to slow down traffic and maintain a safe environment. As with kerbs they are customised to the specifications and measurements of the carpark. Some areas may need larger more robust speed humps for a larger or more frequent level of traffic. Smaller or multiple speed humps may be more applicable for smaller carparks, but the requirements will be included in the construction plan.
- Pedestrian crossings and wheelchair ramps
Due to their nature most car parks are high pedestrian access areas. This means pedestrian crossings can become very important to car park safety. They can be designed and marked out in the places of high traffic. Wheelchair ramps might also need to be included in car parks that have steep inclines or with entrances that have limited access.
- Machine or hand laid asphalt
These are the two main methods used in asphalt construction. While heavy machines such as rollers and asphalt trucks make the construction much easier, smaller car parks may also be hand laid. It all depends on the scale, budget, and plan of the project. The required method will be managed by the asphalt company.
- Line marking
Once the construction of the car park has been completed, line marking is the final stage of the process. Line marking in a car park can be to mark parking bays, highlight certain areas or direct traffic. They need to be long lasting and contrasting to stand out from the asphalt. They can become a safety issue if the lines start to fade or are not marked clearly. It’s essential to get them done by a professional asphalt company.