5 things to consider when designing a car park for your business
With 16.7 million people either driving themselves to work or catching a lift, installing a car park for your business is essential for modern workplaces. But before you go tarmacking your outdoor area and painting white lines, there are a few things you should you consider.
Size of vehicles
Consider the average size of the vehicles that will be using your car park. If you’re predominantly an office then car parking spaces will be adequate but remember the average width of cars has expanded by nearly 1ft. Cars like Range Rovers and other SUV 4x4s and crossover cars taking up the most room.
If you work in an industry that requires taking delivery from large vans and lorries, having adequate space for them to get in, unload and get out is imperative.
The BSI British Standards recommends that commercial premises with off-street parking have one designated parking space for every employee who is a disabled motorist, plus 5% of the total capacity for visiting motorists.
It’s not just the number of accessible parking spaces you should consider, but their proximity to the workplace. These spaces should be on the same level as the main entrance with easy accessibility.
Concrete is the most cost effective surface material to use and requires little maintenances. However, if HGVs are regularly required at your workplace, then a thicker more durable surface may be required. Different surfaces can also be used to denote different areas of the car park to add interest.
Ensuring pedestrian safety is of the utmost importance in any car park. Creating well-lit pedestrian walkways that are clearly marked and installing speed bumps from companies like RS that can be moved can all help improve the safety of employees and visitors.
Upon entering the car park there should be clear signage denoting any one-way systems and speed limits. Ideally the speed limit in the car park should be 5 mph.
When planning your car park you’ll need to make sure there’s plenty of space for vehicles to get in and out, as well as turn around. This is especially important for larger vehicles like vans and lorries.
You’ll also want to consider how you will monitor who is in your car park to make sure it’s used by employees, visitors and customers. Will there be a barrier or disk system, or will you be looking to monetise your car park? In which case will you have a machine pay & display system or will payment be taken at a reception area and will it therefore need to be manned at all times?