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).
- 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.