Erasmus University Rotterdam – Implementing a sustainable mobility policy

The choice of new, fitting car park management technology and equipment to fulfil numerous ambitious goals - including sustainability goals - was a challenge. Spark advised the Erasmus University in all steps of the process.

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The redevelopment of Erasmus University Rotterdam’s Woudestein Campus was one of the most ambitious projects undertaken by the university. A new underground car park was to be at the very heart of the campus. However, the university’s new mobility policy was focused on discouraging the use of cars, while the existing parking infrastructure and systems were not able to support these ambitious sustainability goals.

The university asked Spark to list the requirements to be met by a new mobility infrastructure and parking system for the campus and to conduct the European tender.

In order to be able to draw up a full list of requirements, an inventory needed to be made, listing the exact needs and wants of the university. Spark held consultations with a broad selection of representatives from relevant departments, including Facility Management, Security, IT, Human Resources and Finance. The university’s new mobility plan included a deduction of parking fees from employees’ salary and the wish to use data generated by the parking system for own research ends. The new system would have to be able to fulfil these very specific requirements.

Based on all the information gathered by Spark’s team of experts, a List of Requirements was drawn up. Once agreement had been reached by the university’s Board as to which items were to be included in the final Programme of Requirements, Spark compiled a final version ready for putting out as a European tender.

The tender was successfully awarded and the car park has been fitted out with a comprehensive and fitting parking system that complies with all sustainability and other relevant goals as specified by the University.