Close-up of cladding
Pedestrian access

Images credits: Bailey, Gyoury Self

Project Description

Client:   University of Sussex
Location:   Falmer Campus, Brighton
Year Completed:   2018
Value: £6.2m
Contractor: Goldbeck Group
Architect:   ADP Architecture
Project Manager: Bailey

The four-storey Jubilee Car Park delivers 362 parking spaces, including eight motorcycle bays with anchor security points and nine charging points for electric vehicles.

Located alongside the South Downs National Park, the car park features geometric aluminium panels which allow the building to blend into its surroundings. Inspired by the fractal shapes of flint and chalk, the panels are interspersed with spaces to allow natural light and ventilation into each level, as well as offering views out.

To blend the car park in to the woodland above it, a total of 65 new trees have been planted along the campus boundary.

The Challenges

Working directly for the University during the tendering process, Gyoury Self undertook the initial concept designs for the car park; including the drainage and surrounding groundworks. We were then appointed to provide a supervisory role for the structural and civil engineering works following appointment of the main contractor.

Due to cost and time constraints a pre-fabricated German car park system was used incorporating, pre-finished long-span concrete planks supported on galvanised steel beams and columns. The entrance stair and lift section was also constructed from large, board marked finished, pre-cast concrete elements which were bolted together on site.

The building was cut into a general sloping site and required a combination of retaining structure and site re-grading. In order to reduce costs, concrete retaining walls were kept to a minimum and earth stabilisation methods used wherever possible.

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