Automated parking garages have been in the market for a while and are promoted as an efficient way to maximise space and service for customers. Technology advances have now allowed the industry to go further and develop a valet parking robot. The robot, codenamed Stan, is going to be tested at Gatwick Airport in London… Read more »
NSW Health Infrastructure completed the new Forensic Medicine and Coroners Complex in early December. The $91.5 million development, located at Lidcombe, replaces the facility at Glebe, where the coronial and forensic medicine services have been provided for more than 40 years. The new complex delivers additional court rooms for the NSW Coroners Court and expanded… Read more »
A first of its kind in Australia, Macquarie Leasing recently unveiled a multi-brand car-buying retail experience at Hornsby Westfield. The store, named MotoMe, was designed based on the identification of consumers’ preferences, such as a desire to reduce time spent visiting multiple dealerships and ease of comparison between brands. Currently, Fiat and Alfa Romeo are… Read more »
Large diversified leisure venues, including casinos and clubs, aim to deliver a complete hospitality experience. A lot of work and investment goes into delivering the right experience for customers, but if you consider most hospitality venues, the experience starts at the front door, with little thought given to the “parking experience”. There are some notable…...
It is said that the best car park is the one you don’t have to build. With that in mind, one key question to be asked when planning a new development should be: what is the forecasted parking demand and the existing supply in the vicinity of the site? Parking spaces have a significant impact… Read more »
Introduction Electric vehicles (EVs) still represent a small portion of cars on the road in Australia. However, after one year when sales decreased EV sales are on the rise again and, as consumer trends related to sustainability and concern with the environment continue to grow (coupled with changes in regulation), EV might eventually…...
One of the hot topics at the moment is the future-proofing of car parks. The idea that future demand for parking is going to decrease in the face of technology advancements is leading the property sector to consider what to do with all the parking built in the past and how to prepare new developments… Read more »
Article by Cristina Lynn I have just returned from the 11th World Parking Symposium held in Berlin in late June. Two days of presentations were capped off by a tour of various facilities in Berlin including a city car park, the car park serving the main Berlin train station and a technology park where…...
Introduction “Data” has become one of those words that has acquired a range of new flavours, notwithstanding it has existed for decades (late 1940s in fact). Type the word into Google and you get 1.74 billion results!! Does anybody remember “data processing”? That thing that computers did whereby you inserted a series of…...
ptc. was recently awarded by NSW Health Infrastructure (HI) with a traffic and parking consultancy contract as part of HI’s Sustainable Hospital Car Park Investment Program (SHCPIP): a state-wide model for procuring, funding and management of new hospital car parks. Over the last six years, we have provided services to numerous NSW hospitals (see summarised… Read more »
The title of Cristina Lynn’s presentation at the 2018 World Parking Symposium (WPS) was “Is the mall dead?” and addressed the issues and challenges that bricks and mortar retail centres are facing in the light of the push from online retailers and how the two can continue to thrive side by side as two parts…...
Andrew Morse, Partner and Senior Traffic Engineer, will be presenting the case study “A Smarter Town Centre – Wollongong City Integrated Parking Guidance System” at the 2018 AITPM National Conference in Perth. Our team, led by Grant McLean, Senior Consultant, designed an integrated Parking Guidance System (PGS) combining 10 car parks within the CBD with… Read more »
Last week our team visited the car park under the EY building (200 George St, Sydney) but this wasn’t a regular site inspection to observe traffic flow issues or to verify the car park occupancy rates. We were there to learn about Cultivate, a pop-up urban farm initiative by Mirvac and Farmwall. In the face… Read more »
That Hong Kong is the most expensive place in the world to purchase a residential property it is widely known but have you thought how much it costs to own a parking space there? According to Reuters, car park spaces have tripled in value between 2010 and 2017. This is a remarkable growth on its… Read more »
As one of the speakers at the next World Parking Symposium (WPS), our managing partner, Cristina Lynn, will explore the impact of changes in customers’ behaviour, including the trends related to online shopping juggernauts like Amazon, on bricks and mortar shopping centres. The discussion will focus on the role of parking in the current and… Read more »
We are issuing a new series of videos discussing the six areas which every car park owner or manager should focus on to bring extra value to their asset. ptc. Managing Partner, Cristina Lynn, will cover a range of topics from car park design to differentiation, providing valuable advice on each video. Watch the first… Read more »
We are known enthusiasts of well-designed car parks and are thrilled whenever we find car park buildings that don’t get defined by the utilitarian aspect of the service and create a positive visual impact (see some of our previous posts: Another astonishing car park design and Parking design, a Dutch case). The Herma parking building… Read more »
The NSW Government recently announced the Opal Park & Ride trial at the Ashfield commuter car park. In the same way as the trial occurring in Dee Why, the scheme is designed to offer free parking for users who combine private vehicle and public transport use in their commute. How that works is that commuters… Read more »
That the Sydney Opera House has a unique design we all know, but are you familiar with its ‘doughnut-shaped’ double helix car park? According to ABC, the car park design is one-of-a-kind that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Philip Pells and Neil Fimeri, two of the key people involved in the… Read more »
Frequently we hear speculation about the impact of Amazon and online shopping on brick and mortar retail. Last week, during a Property Council breakfast event targeted at the retail property sector, it was no different. The unanimous response from the panel (which comprised large retail businesses such as AMP Capital, KMART, Lendlease and economists the… Read more »
Henry Li, Traffic Engineer at ptc., is one of the winners of the Parking Professional Photo Contest, promoted by the International Parking Institute’s magazine. Photos in five categories were accepted in the competition: Structure, Lot, Offbeat/Unusual/Funny, People in Parking and Equipment/Technology. Our colleague won the Structure category with the photo above. According to Henry, “the… Read more »
A full car park can put at risk your customer’s parking journey negatively affecting the overall experience. Whilst the initial reaction might be to build more parking, there are other actions to implement to get the most from the space you already have. In our newest video Kelvin Worthington gives valuable advice on this matter:… Read more »
Although the civil design and architecture foundations of a site dictate how people move around at a structural level, the wayfinding system is the communication layer guiding the navigation into and through the built environment. The wayfinding system provides numerous clues for users so that they can easily find what they are looking for. At… Read more »
Our team is pleased to see the progress on construction of the Australian Turf Club’s new 580 bay multi-storey car park at Royal Randwick Racecourse. ptc. provided parking and traffic advice including the development of the car park design and the specification and tender for the access control and parking guidance systems to be… Read more »
Every customer touch point is crucial to ensure that branding and marketing efforts are successful. After all, attracting the target market to the shopping centre is just the first step. Once they get there you need to make sure they have an amazing experience that will result in more future visits. In that context, the… Read more »
When you are familiar with a car park, you know which floor or secret corner you will most certainly find an available spot. Those “always empty” areas may be a blessing for the regular customer, but parking managers and operators probably don’t have the same view. Underused space means that the car park is not… Read more »
What will your car park be useful for if parking demand drops? Nobody can predict the impact of the changing landscape with regard to parking over the next 30 years. Mode shift, high density cities and autonomous vehicles will all impact in some way; it’s just a matter of when, how and by how much…....
This is an updated version of one of our most popular blog posts… Occasionally, people inquire as to the costs involved in building a car park (this week, in fact). This is not an easy question to answer as there are many variables to consider — Is it at-grade or multi-storey, CBD or regional, number… Read more »
Location is a crucial competitive aspect for retailers in general and restaurants in particular. Once the location is chosen, there are limited options to improve access to their business. Therefore, they usually tend to advocate for increasing parking supply as a way of providing more convenience to their current and potential customers and as such,… Read more »
Car park design made the news when NewsMail reported about a shopping centre using double lines to mark bays. While some drivers criticised the design, the car park owner seems supportive of its benefits in comparison to the traditional single line marking. According to Australian standard, the size of bays with double line marking must… Read more »