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Cairo buries its parking problems

BAUER EGYPT is building a large underground car park in the heart of Cairo.

The scheme, at El-Tahrir Square in front of the Egyptian Museum, aims to solve the downtown area's severe parking and traffic problems.

The car park roof and internal slabs are supported by 125, 2.8m by 0.6m and 32m deep barrettes and a 190m long, 0.6m thick and 37m deep internal diaphragm wall. The car park is surrounded by a 223m long, 1m thick perimeter diaphragm wall, also 37m deep.

The 17m deep excavation is being built top down to avoid the need for anchors and temporary props, preventing disruption to the Cairo metro which runs alongside.

When complete the car park will be topped by a new landscaped area and will accommodate more than 1800 cars.

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