Under the canal
Never before has a parking garage been constructed under a canal in the capital city. Impressive designs require impressive engineering. Efficient use of the limited space in the Oude Pijp is paramount; the Albert Cuyp Garage will reduce the parking pressure and provide more space for greenery, pedestrians and cyclists in the neighbourhood.
Construction of the parking garage began in January 2016. Under the direction of Max Bögl Nederland B.V., we worked closely together with main structural engineer Van Rossum, geotechnical consultant CRUX b.v., diving company DCN Diving and subcontractors Volker Staal Funderingen, Van Werven Infra and Beens Groep. ABT was involved through work plan checks and site inspections until the start of the construction and beyond.
An innovative principle based on an integrated basement floor was developed. Its steel fibre reinforced underwater concrete is combined with the structural floor to be poured in the final stage. This reduces the amount of concrete and excavation required. In addition, it allows for large spreading of loads from the canal in the final phase. This creates a balance between the upward water pressure under the basement floor and the downward loads from the basement structure and the water in the canal. As a result there is a reduced load on piles, allowing the use of slim anchor piles optimized for both tension and compression.
3D model of reinforcement baskets
The regular construction pattern leads to many repetitions in the construction method. With two exceptions, the 47 reinforcement baskets under the centre columns are completely identical. The reinforcement baskets were 3D-modelled in Revit. Therefore the full process, from design, through coordination from diving companies, to order, is one fluid process.
In late 2017, the first cars and bikes could be parked under the canal. Want to know more about this project? Read this article in Civiele techniek!
The Albert Cuyp Garage won several awards. They included the 2019 Concrete Award and the European Standard Parking Award, Gold Award.
Image header: © Zwarts & Jansma Architects