Journey to the depths of Serrano: a car park in the heart of Madrid


This suite of three car parks demonstrates Madrid’s capacity to adapt to the uses and needs of a 21st-century city and to improve the life of its inhabitants without losing the essence and tradition of the city. Ferrovial Agroman developed this infrastructure that the Serranopark consortium, comprised of Cintra and Iridium, will be managing for a 40-year period. The inauguration in March of the third car park puts the almost 3,300 parking spaces at the public’s disposal. The area’s residents and shops already have the key to the majority of these spaces (2,350), assigned for a period of 37 years. The rest will be rotated in order to improve mobility in one of the busiest parts of Madrid.

The works will not only improve parking ease in the area. They have also enhanced the street’s habitability and demonstrate a commitment to protecting the environment. The investment of 120 million euros that Serranopark has made in the construction of this infrastructure will duplicate the pedestrian spaces in the exterior and will encourage a more sustainable mobility through the creation of two public transport lanes and a cycle lane of 2.3 kilometres.

Intelligence applied to car parks

If we descend along the ground-breaking ramps of car parks I and III, designed by the architect Teresa Sapey, we encounter one of the city’s touchstones. Serranopark boasts the latest technology and will serve as a model for implanting the novel ViaT system in other car parks around Madrid.

This system, which is already employed in Spanish motorways, means that users who have the automatic toll payment card do not need to go to the payment points or the control centre to pay for their parking. They merely have to insert the ticket they collected when they entered. The system will send a signal to the ViaT aerial and will charge the amount of the stay to the bank account associated with the tag reader.

The three car parks are fitted with systems based on cutting-edge technology for the reading of number plates and the guiding of vehicles to the free spaces through indicator lights. In addition, 165 recharging points have been installed for electric cars, a standard that favours the mobility of this type of vehicle in Madrid. Equally, in collaboration with the Information Systems Department, a comprehensive centralised control system has been implanted that, for the first time in a facility of this scope, includes an energy efficiency tool to optimise power consumption.

Innovation has also caught up with the supply systems through the construction of a 1.7-kilometre gallery to accommodate all the utility services except for gas, thus avoiding having to open up trenches in case of breakdown. A further 9.5 kilometres of lighting conduits have been installed to service 321 energy-efficient lights, plus 2.4 kilometres of sewerage and 5.3 kilometres of water pipes.


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