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Victoria Road, Clifton, Cape Town

We were approached by the Consulting Engineers to propose an automated parking solution for their client, and briefed as follows

To propose an automated car parking solution for a site where the developer plans to retain and modify the existing house, add existing apartments and provide automated parking for 70-90 high-end luxury cars and classics within the building, to be used primarily by tenants during the holiday period.

We considered the following in our proposal:

  • Victoria Road becomes extremely busy during the holiday season;
  • Entering and exiting the parking should be possible without adding to traffic congestion;
  • Cars entering the parking should not be obstructed by cars leaving the parking;
  • Full redundancy in case one of the systems fails;
  • Fast parking/retrieval times.

We proposed the following:

Utilizing our modular car parking technology we were able to provide parking for 80 vehicles, including SUVs.

Highlights of the system were as follows:

  • 4 independent modules:
    • 17 vehicles per module;
    • 12 additional parking bays adjacent to the turntable/Vertical Vehicle Conveyor(3 bays each on L1, L2, L3 and L4).
  • Side-shift mechanism between modules to provide full redundancy in case one of the modules should fail;
  • 2 x entrances/exits, each fitted with Efaflex high-speed doors;
  • 2 x turntables, 1 in each enclosure. Each turntable incorporates a Vertical Vehicle Conveyor from Ground to Level -4, allowing 5 cars to be rotated simultaneously during storage, or retrieval;
    • The 2 Vertical Vehicle Conveyors are capable of transporting multiple cars simultaneously;
      •  The two entrances and Vertical Conveyors act as a buffer to prevent traffic build-up in Victoria Road. The Vertical Conveyor drops as soon as a driver exits his car, allowing the next car to drive on.
      • Two entrances also allow one car to enter while another is exiting.
  • Automated cocoon system to completely enclose and dust-proof each vehicle;
    •  CO² fire prevention system integrated into each cocoon.
  • The option of a mobile phone app to interface with the system, allowing users to queue their cars remotely, thereby further speeding up retrieval once on site;
  • Extremely fast cycle times;
  • Locally designed, manufactured and supported.

Project Value: ±R60 million.

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