11. February 2010

The underground car park at Harpa

An underground car park is being constructed at the Concert and Conference Centre Harpa. This is a fairly large construction on two levels and will be able to house 545 cars.

The main construction quantities are: 23.000 m3 of concrete, 2.350 tons of construction steel and 18.600 m2 of bubble deck plates.

The car park is on the south side of Harpa, by the sea. Seawater will penetrate underneath and around the construction and push the structure upwards. To prevent this ground anchors are being used to keep the building from “floating up”. These anchors as well as a sandwich layer of gravel will keep the structure stable. There are around 500 anchors, each between 12 and 17 meters, drilled into the ground below the bottom plate. See the illustration below.

The project status for the car park is that the bottom plate is almost completed and over 3.000 square meters of the second level is finished. The bottom plate is now being filled up with gravel to increase its weight; the gravel filling is about 12.000 m3. Heavy machinery is used in this filling as the picture shows. Atthe same time construction of the access road to the car park is also being carried out, but the car park will be accessed from Kalkofnsvegur.

Approximately half of this project phase has been completed and the car park will be finished early 2011 at the same time as the main building, Harpa.





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