Transport and Infrastructures

Parking Garage (Cuf Hospital)

Porto, Portugal

  • Year: 2002-2010
  • Client: José de Mello Saúde
  • Area: 17.300 m² (186.215 ft²)
  • Number of floors below ground: 4
  • Location: Porto, Portugal
  • Category: Transport and Infrastructures

This underground parking garage works as a parking structure serving the award-winning Cuf Porto Hospital. With a capacity for 520 vehicles, the car park has been designed to suit the specific needs of the hospital visitors.

The hospital plan allows to create a main vehicle access in the most favourable point of the north facade, facing Circunvalação street. The exit has two options connecting to two distinct streets, one exit connecting to the north side – direct to the Circunvalação street –, and another allowing exit to the south side, to Vila Nova street.

Two entry barriers and two other barriers for the exit of the vehicles are foreseen, either for operational reasons – in case of failure of one of the equipment – or to reduce the time of the control operations at the entrance and exit of the vehicles.

The entrance and exit to the car park are separated and there is an internal one-way traffic system – organizing the circuit as well as avoiding crossing of circulations between the entrances and exits.