Bespoke Combilift three-tier car storage maximises limited basement space at Fletcher Priest's Knightsbridge Gardens project
The Knightsbridge Gardens building at 1 Sloane Street, London is made up of 31,600m2 of modern, high specification retail and office space, 35 residential units and a new rooftop restaurant.
Its complex 142-week renovation programme by Fletcher Priest Architects and contractors Skanska included numerous grade ll listed elements and painstaking work to retain the site’s historic facades, as well as structural demolition.
The architects brought in Wohr Parking, the UK's leading supplier of mechanical car parking systems, to design, supply and install a solution that would maximise the available basement space, provide on-site parking for building occupiers and add value for the client.
Given that a high proportion of the basement space was taken up by plant and equipment and tube lines run in close proximity, the brief was a tricky one.
The resulting scheme comprises two semi-automatic Combilift 543 car parking systems with electric vehicle chargers and provides a total of 19 parking spaces in the Minus 2 basement level.
Wohr's standard Combilift systems were used alongside a number of additional bespoke aesthetic and control elements.
At 5.2 metres, the Combilift system at Knightsbridge Gardens is longer than standard to accommodate extra-long cars. Special, aluminium surfaces were manufactured for the car park platforms and the system frames were given a black polyester powder coated paint finish. Automatic glass doors were also installed.
To enhance user control and provide options for the system’s operation, as well as Wohr's standard RFID chip control for retrieving cars, they also supplied remote control fobs and integrated car park control into the client’s building management system so vehicles could be captured by an ANPR camera at the secure entrance.
For over 40 years Wohr Parking has worked with architects and developers across the UK to design projects of all shapes, sizes and levels of complexity, delivering more than 6,500 parking spaces.
The solution for the Knightsbridge Gardens building has fully optimised the available parking space and demonstrates how the Combilift system can to be tailored to suit the aesthetic and operational needs of individual projects. Wohr Parking can add value for architects, their clients and the system’s users.
For more information and technical support, visit wohr-parking.co.uk