Design and Standards

Mechanical and fully automatic parking systems are a significant component of any development that requires them. Each system has unique dimensional and operational requirements that must be adhered to in order to maximise your car space numbers in any development. Additionally, there are significant planning and compliance requirements that must be followed in order to successfully integrate parking system into the development.

Wohr Parking Systems Australia is backed by Wohr Autoparksystem GmbH in Germany which is a 5th generation family owned company, we boast the largest range of parking systems in the world with a depth and breadth of experience in both the design and manufacture of our parking systems and the successful planning and installation in real world applications. You can find more information about us - here

The following links will offer information on some of the considerations you need to take into account when considering parking systems for your development.

Additionally, we offer training sessions to designers and architects that are formally recognised by the Australian Institute of Architects CPD scheme on the design of car parks utilising mechanical parking systems.

We are greatly experienced in all of the standards and guidelines for parking systems in Australia and encourage you to contact us should you have any queries or require assistance in the planning of your project.

Meeting Australian Standards - AS5124

In February 2017, Standards Australia launched a new standard around the safe design, manufacture, erection, and commissioning of power driven car parking; the standard known as AS5124. This has been adopted from the European standard EN14010, and serves as an important guideline for ensuring a minimum level of quality, reliability, and safety for parking systems in Australia. We, the team at Wohr Parking Systems Australia, feel that safety of such systems should be the utmost priority, as a testament to this, WPSA was a key driver and acted as the lead consultant in the definition of this standard and we are taking the initiative in upholding it in our operation. We were able to draw upon the 60 years of industry experience from our parent company Wöhr Autoparksysteme GmbH, who also consulted in the development of the original European standard. As a result, we are qualified - second to none – to guide you through the compliant design of your parking systems. In order to comply with AS5124, each system design must undergo intensive testing by a third-party body and be certified as compliant. Each of our system designs are fully certified by the TÜV in Germany, an organisation established in the late 1800’s dedicated to the inspection and certification of mechanical equipment. Only equipment that has been certified by a trusted independent body can be said to comply with AS5124. Please contact us for further information and advice. A copy of the standard can be obtained from Standards Australia here

Off Street Parking - AS2890

When it comes to planning any development, it is important to adhere to tried and true standards. The AS2890 off street parking standard is no exception, which aims to provide clear guidelines on the sensible design of car parking facilities.

Please note: that while it is a great resource for on grade conventional car parking, it does not specifically apply to mechanical car parking. With this in mind, it is still equally important that ethical system design is considered before seeking approval for a project. We recommend that an assessment by a traffic engineer is carried out on the design to ensure your car park will meet and/or exceed the minimum acceptable requirements for manoeuvrability and access times.

Please contact us for further information and advice. A copy of the standard can be obtained from Standards Australia here

Melbourne Fire Brigade - Guideline 32

Wohr fully automatic parking systems are quickly becoming the norm for new CBD and inner-city developments. In order to ensure the safety of all those who must access the system the Melbourne Fire Brigade have developed clear guidelines for the design and installation of automatic parking systems. The guidelines cover everything from access to the system during a fire, fire panel interface, sprinkler design requirements and other additional considerations.

Having consulted with the MFB on the development of the guidelines, we are well versed in the design and installation requirements, and as a result we are uniquely positioned to advise on the best way to comply with these guidelines. This can save you significant time during the approval stage of your development.

Please contact us for further information and advice. A copy of Guideline 32 can be obtained from the MFB website - here

Ethical Design

When designing and creating a new building on paper, the architects, planners, and consultants shape the building according to what the developer envisions and the market desires. The effectiveness of the design ultimately outlines the real-world experience of the finished project.

For example: It is always tempting to plan with the narrowest platform width as this reduces the footprint of the system and regains valuable net saleable area, however you must consider that to park on a system with 2300mm clear platform width is difficult and will dissuade users from parking in the system all together.

It’s good to ask the following questions of your design: Who will use the parking area? Which kind of customer/ buyer will want to park their car there? Does this align with the type of development? Which group of potential clients should we attract? Are we maximising the potential of vehicles that can be catered for on this site?

With the largest range in the world, our car parking systems are designed to accommodate the many different design obstacles that some projects face, while maintaining the comfort of the end user. Please contact us for further information and advice.

Local Council Regulations

With councils’ processing an unprecedented amount of applications for developments across Australia, they all have a framework for their needs and planning that needs to be met. While these needs vary for each council, most bodies have implemented similar points that need to be adhered to, generally:

  • 25% of the vehicles parked in a parking system or ‘car stacker’ must have clearance of 1800mm or greater
  • Design to be deemed acceptable by a qualified traffic engineer
  • Car parking spaces in a parking system must be for ‘permanent’ use only – not suitable for visitor parking (unless in valet arrangement)

 This ensures that there is an attempt to cater for a wider range of vehicles in the development, in all circumstances we recommend you speak with a town planner to establish the minimum requirements, from there we can assist in the planning stage to ensure compliance at each stage of the development. Please contact us for further information and advice.

Architect Presentations - CPD

The team here at Wohr are committed to ensuring that the solutions our systems can provide are not only beneficial to the developers of the building, but safe and practical for the users of the system. As a result of this, we have developed a training session for architects and designers to cover the 'best practice' design of parking systems. This presentation will cover everything from the identification and suitability of each system in a development to the small design considerations that can provide the very best user experience possible.

The presentation is offered free of charge and has been certified by the Australian Institute of Architects to be worth 1 Refuel CPD point.

Please contact us to arrange a booking