Belgrave Station’s new 640-space multi-level car park is now open, making it easier for people living in Belgrave and surrounding areas to access public transport.
The car park has significantly increased the parking available at Belgrave Station by 470 spaces. It includes lifts and 16 accessible car spaces located on the ground floor. CCTV, lighting, a public announcement system, and real time parking availability signs enable people to see how many spaces are available as they enter the car park.
The Belgrave Station car park was delivered by VicTrack as part of the Victorian Government’s Car Parks for Commuters Program, and was our biggest construction project to date.
The confined nature of the construction site and its location in a busy transport hub posed some construction challenges that called for innovative construction sequencing, according to Senior Project Manager Gurinder Singh.
“The car park has been quite a challenging site, with rail tracks on one side and a steep hill on the other. To get around that, we built the structure in stages”, Gurinder explained.
There is very little space around the structure, so instead of being constructed floor by floor, the rear of the structure was built first, so in some sections all four levels were complete while lower levels were still being built elsewhere.
The façade’s rusted metal style finish was inspired by the local area and is in line with community feedback that showed this finish was the most popular.
“Belgrave, being on the outskirts of metropolitan Melbourne, has a lot of buildings with brickwork and a lot of trees,” Gurinder said.
“It was important to choose a colour scheme that not only blended with the environment, but also ensured the car park structure was not overpowering the area.
“We’ve come up with this scheme with panels and angles to break up the overall length of the structure, making it very appealing and helping it blend into the environment.”
Other improvements delivered as part of the car park project include an undercover pick-up and drop-off area, road widening to improve access to the car park, a new bus priority exit lane and bus priority signals at the roundabout.
The car park also has six electric vehicle (EV) chargers, as part of a trial of the suitability of EV charging facilities within station car parks.
For more information on the Belgrave Station car park project visit carparks.vic.gov.au.