Maximize Space Efficiency

Automated car parks can accommodate between 30 and 60% more vehicles than conventional ramped multi-storey car parks in the same volume of space. Less space can mean less construction costs or more space for useable developments. As automated car parks have only one floor, cars being parked on steel racks, local charges based on floor area, can be greatly reduces.

Maximize Life Cycle Cost

Car decks of conventional car parks have a life expectancy of twenty years before requiring costly replacement or refurbishment. Highly engineered steel pallet trays and steel framework show little signs of deterioration after twenty years. If necessary, individual pallet trays can easily be replaced.

Maximize Energy Efficiency

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) approval and certification for ‘Green’ developments;

Lighting: As patrons are not permitted to access the parking vaults, there is no requirement for access lighting. Task Lighting is provided for use during servicing and maintenance works.

Ventilation: There are no exhaust fume emissions in the parking vaults so there is therefore no requirement for an expensive ventilation system. However, as there are minimal emissions from standing vehicles and fuel leakages a detection system can operate a small extraction system.

Fire fighting:The parking vaults have a reduced oxygen atmosphere which inhibit the occurrence of fire. The vaults and entry and exit modules are equipped with a fire sprinkler system.

Maximize Renewable Energy Use and Efficiency

Geothermal: Underground parking vaults have a large surface area in contact with the underground stratum and by incorporating coolant filled pipework in walls and under base slab the ground can be used to heat or cool neighbouring buildings.

Heat Exchangers: Underground vaults have large volumes of air at a relatively constant temperature which can be used for cooling and buffer purposes. Through the addition of filters and heat exchange units, these can be used to regulate the temperature in the buildings constructed directly overhead with the consequent reduction in energy costs. In effect, the nature of the underground construction could help considerably in creating ‘green’ buildings.

Solar Energy: The roofs and facades of overhead buildings can be used to incorporate solar arrays to harness solar energy which can be used to operate lighting and power circuits in the car park.

Wind Energy: Mini-turbines can be installed on the roofs or within the facades of overhead buildings to harness wind energy sufficient to operate the lighting and some power circuits in the car park.

Electric Powered Vehicle re-charging: Grid sourced or locally generated renewable energy can be used to provide electricity to charge electric cars. Innovative mechanisms can be incorporated into the pallet design to accommodate re-charging units for electric cars. The patron simply plugs-in the charging unit to the vehicle in the entry module and confirms the required amount of charge on the customer console. The charging unit is disconnected by the patron in the exit module prior to driving away.

Minimize Pollution

Once vehicles are parked in the entry module the engine is switched off ceasing pollutant emissions and saving fuel. This can reduce fuel consumption in the parking operation by as much as 80%. This saving in fuel consumption can reduce emissions of Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), Carbon Monoxide (CO) and Volatile Organic Compounds by as much as 80%.

Maximum Safety

Personal Safety:

  • Reduces exposure to crime
  • Eliminates thefts from vehicles

Vehicle Safety whilst driving:

  • saving in driving/parking discomfort
  • saving in anxiety
  • saving in stress

Minimum Risk of Damage

Once customer correctly parks their car in the entry module it is mechanically stored in a secure vault until it is retrieved and returned to the exit module where the customer enters their car and drives away. Entry and exit modules are designed to permit easy guided access and egress for the customer. No difficult manoeuvring around ramps and columns. 

Maximize Operating and Management Efficiency

Operating Costs:

Staff: theoretically the system does not require the presence of full time staff as 24 hour remote monitoring can be provided. However, in larger facilities it may be prudent to employ facility supervisors to assist patrons and monitor operations at the car park. Staff requirements are a fraction of those required in traditional car parks.

  • Security: there is usually no need to employ external security as the cars are parked in vaults, secure from interference or theft, and the well illuminated entrance and exit modules, as well as their immediate surroundings, are monitored by closed circuit television (cctv).
  • Cleaning: as patrons do not enter the parking vaults there is minimal requirement for their cleaning. Cleaning in automated car parks is limited to the entry and exit modules and the area in the immediate vicinity of the car park.
  • Utility Charges: Electrical power is the predominant utility requirement. Electrically powered lighting and ventilation systems are greatly reduced in automated parking facilities. The ETV are operated using electrically driven motors and controls, but this power usage can be provided by alternative energy sources such as solar or wind energy. The overall energy demands of the facility can be reduced by the incorporation and use of heat recovery systems, geothermal and other renewable energy systems. Excess energy can be exported.
  • Grit, salt and snow removal: Grit, salt falling off vehicles and melting snow is collected on the pallet tray and removed through an integrated drainage system. This system can also incorporate a filter system to remove the grit from the drainage system.

Maintenance: All systems are continuously monitored and planned maintenance programmes can be put in place to ensure the smooth operation of the facility. Routine maintenance can be carried out by individually trained facility supervisors. Our maintenance engineers can provide all specialist planned and emergency maintenance under a separate maintenance contract.

Insurances: As access by patrons is limited only to the entry and exit modules and the immediate surrounding areas, this should give rise to much reduced public liability insurance premiums.

Taxes: In some jurisdictions the capital cost of much of the system can be treated as plant for tax purposes and therefore qualify for accelerated capital depreciation.
Local taxes may be imposed on parking facilities based on floor area. In the Vault Parking Systems automated parking systems there is only one floor, with the cars parked in shelves. This may enable the facility to qualify for reduced applicable taxes.

Speed of parking and retrieval of vehicles:

  • Parking: The average overall calculated time for parking and storage of vehicle is 90 seconds, including an average of 40 seconds for the passengers to alight and exit the entry module. The average parking time for an entire car park is dependent upon the number parking vaults installed. For a car park with 12 installed vaults, each with individual entry modules, the average calculated parking time is 7.5 seconds. See Duration of Entry and Exit Procedures.
  • Retrieval: From the moment the patron instigates the vehicle retrieval process to the delivery of the vehicle into the exit module and the subsequent opening of the automatic doors to the module takes on average 65 seconds. See Duration of Entry and Exit Procedures.

Inbuilt software providing instant reporting on occupancy levels and trends: Our purpose built software enables operators to monitor and report/display occupancy levels and to chart these over time. This can identify peak operating periods and enable the operator to plan and schedule service and maintenance with the minimal impact on usage.

Streamlined Architectural and Engineering Design

Straightforward design of storage vault, depending on parking requirements, ground conditions and required speed of parking and retrieval (dictating the number of vaults required). Facility can be stand alone or incorporated within a structure (office, residential block, retail outlet, hotel, etc.).

Flexible designs of waiting rooms, entry and exit modules and circulation areas allow for individual Architectural treatment to match clients’ expectations and budget.