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    LICHFIELD STREET CAR PARK

    Lichfield Street Car Park is an eight-storey building with 805 car spaces in the heart of Christchurch. It opened in November 2017.

    CLIENT

    Christchurch City Council

    ARCHITECT

    +MAP Architects

    CONTRACTOR

    Clearwater Construction

    LOCATION

    Lichfield Street Car Park - Google Maps

    BRIEF

    Subframe features stainless steel struts and nodes, offset with aluminium diamond-shaped “scales” and translucent acrylic panels.

     

    KEY CHALLENGES

    • Large single-piece aluminium modules proved difficult to fabricate. 
    • Being located on a key roadway, the building had limited access for installation.
    • To prevent unnecessary safety issues, we were asked to develop an additional barrier on the top level towards the end of the project.

    OUR APPROACH

    Our design solution involved:

    • Improving structural integrity on large single-piece aluminium modules.
    • A simplified method for attaching the whole facade to the primary steel structure.
    • An additional extruded polycarbonate material for the translucent infills, and suitable fixing details to integrate it onto the facade.

    No extra equipment was needed as our construction methodology allowed every component to be lifted by hand and fitted from access machines.

    RESULT

    Simplifying the installation process made it possible for us to complete installation without unnecessary delays. With the extra protection, we were also able to improve the integrity of the structure all while creating a simple and aesthetically appealing design.

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    BRIEF

    A subframe of stainless steel struts and nodes, overlaid with large flat aluminium diamond-shaped “scales” and translucent acrylic panels.

    KEY CHALLENGES

    • Difficult fabrication of large single-piece aluminium modules.
    • The building faced a key roadway, with limited access for installation.
    • Towards the end of the project, we were asked to develop an additional barrier, to prevent people from self-harming by leaping from the top level.

    OUR APPROACH

    We provided an alternative design solution that involved:

    • large single-piece aluminium modules with improved structural integrity
    • a simple fixing method for attaching the whole facade to the primary steel structure
    • an alternative extruded polycarbonate material for the translucent infills, and suitable fixing details to integrate it onto the facade.

    With our construction methodology, everything was able to be lifted by hand and fitted from access machines, avoiding the need for extensive cranage and scaffolding.

    RESULT

    Installation was completed without additional delays. We simplified the building process, improved the integrity of the structure, and created a simple and aesthetically appealing design. We added the required extra protection, whilst remaining consistent with design intent.

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