Underground Parking Station on Vasilissis Sophias Avenue

Vasilissis Sophias Ave. is one of the most important and main roads of Athens and along its sides there are a lot of historic and significant buildings such as Greek Parliament, public services, museums, embassies, famous hotels etc. It is a beautiful avenue and constitutes the south and east limit of famous Kolonaki area. The part of the avenue between Syntagma Square and Ampelokipi area was named after Queen Sophia in 1932. Due to its location, in the heart of Athens, there are a lot of office buildings, along its sides as well, while the traffic load, which runs through it, is significantly high.

A new office building was designed for the companies SARANTOPOULOS SA and CYBARCO HELLAS SA, in the junction of Vasilissis Sophias Ave. and Neofytos Vamvas Str, in Kolonaki, along with an underground parking station, so as to serve the needs of the building. The companies mentioned above, assigned in 2000, to consultant engineer Albert Paul Yamin, the design of the parking station and the investigation of its traffic impact to the road network of the area. The study was completed in the same year (2000).

Project facts:

• Private car parking station, operated by specified staff, in three basements of the building and of a total area of 2.980m2 in order to serve 95 vehicles, according to national standards
• Entrance-exit configuration on Neofytos Vamvas Str.
• Provision for a waiting space for vehicles up to 106m2
• Distribution of additional traffic load, due to the operation of the parking station (57 vehicles during rush hour), to proposed routes that start/end there
• Traffic capacity analysis of the signalized junctions of the proposed route, before and after the presence of expected additional traffic load, using the Highway Capacity Manual (1985). The respective operation of the junctions was considered satisfactory.