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CBD, Cape Town

We were approached by our Architects on behalf of their client to increase the parking capacity and, if possible, the number of office levels for a building planned in the Cape Town CBD. This was a relatively small 30m x 35m site (1,050m²), with only one entrance/exit in a side street.

Their current plans provided for the following:

  • 12 office levels;
  • Total parking for 223 vehicles, consisting of:
    • 2 x basement parking levels;
    • 8 x above-ground parking levels.

Using our modular technology, we proposed the following:

  • The main entrance/exit remains in the side street.
  • Ground, LB1 and LB2 remain unchanged (conventional on-slab parking):
    • 31 bays allocated to SUVs.
  • P1, reached via the existing ramp, becomes the base for the modular parking system accommodating ±243 vehicles (subject to column placement and accurate CAD drawings).
    • Possibly retaining 4 x conventional bays on P1.
    • 8 x entrances/exits to the automated system on P1.
    • Marginal changes to Lobby/Retail ceiling heights and repositioning of lift shaft and stairwell.
    • High-speed Efaflex doors at the building entry/exit to eliminate possible congestion.

Total Parking Capacity: ±274-278 vehicles (including 31-35 conventional on-slab bays).


Benefits:

  • Increased parking in less space.
  • Due to the compact nature of the modular system we were able to provide two additional floors of office space.
  • Cars are rotated to face forward before retrieval.
  • Entry/exit enclosures are large enough to accommodate the disabled.
  • The solution includes a mobile phone app to interface with the system (users can queue their car remotely, further speeding up retrieval).
  • Simultaneous handling of multiple vehicles within the parking modules to speed up storage/retrieval times.
  • Simultaneous handling of 2 cars within each entry/exit enclosure.

Project Value: ±R50 million.

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