Springfield Central Station Park ‘n Ride Recognised with International Design Award

Springfield Central station
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Did you know that the Springfield Central Station Park ‘n’ Ride received an Award of Merit in the Rail/Transit category, a global recognition from the US-based magazine Engineering News-Record?

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Engineering News-Record (ENR) honoured 31 winning projects from 23 countries through the Global Best Projects Awards, which were judged by industry leaders on criteria including quality, innovation, safety, collaboration, and community benefit.

The Springfield Central Park ‘n’ Ride was praised for its innovative design, striking visual impression, and accessibility. 

Photo credit: All is Light/GHD Design

Opened to the public in May 2022, the $44.5 million multi-storey parking facility was designed by GHD and built by ADCO for the Department of Transport and Main Roads. 

With five parking levels, it brings total customer parking at Springfield Central Station to around 1,100 spaces, part of the Queensland government’s $160 million park-and-ride upgrade program.

Photo credit: All is Light/GHD Design

According to Joshua Rhodes, GHD Design Senior Designer, the concept for the carpark form was inspired by nature’s ability to create organic symmetry and efficiency within irregular shapes. 

“The car park is conceived as an object within the landscape, formed by the natural forces around it, which are also evident in the existing urban response. The design attempts to balance creating a building of its place, inspired by the site’s geology and hydrology, while also creating a distinctive landmark that signals the gateway to the greater Springfield area,” Rhodes stated.

Photo credit: All is Light/GHD Design

This was not the first recognition for the Springfield Central Station Park ‘n Ride structure. Earlier in 2023, it also received the Queensland Major Contractors Association Design Excellence Award. This award honours projects with innovative contributions to civil construction that can be broadly applied. 

About the ENR Global Best Projects

The competition honours outstanding global construction projects and the companies behind them. It recognises projects built anywhere in the world, focusing on the unique challenges, risks, and achievements of designing and constructing in diverse, remote locations worldwide. 

Eligible projects are judged on several criteria, including how teams overcame challenges, embraced safety (meeting or exceeding local and international standards), demonstrated innovation and industry contribution, and exhibited quality construction and craftsmanship. 

For the Springfield Park ‘n Ride, COVID-19 supply chain issues required the team to pivot from the original precast concrete structural design. The engineer devised a hybrid system using post-tensioned slabs and beams for most of the structure, along with a reinforced concrete beam-and-slab system for the more complex corners and helix. 

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Receiving the ENR Global Best Project Award of Merit highlights the project’s success in overcoming challenges like supply chain disruptions whilst exemplifying safety, sustainability, and quality craftsmanship.

Published 26-December-2023