Wohr Parking Solution Maximises Basement Parking Space

In the heart of Knightsbridge, a complex and challenging 142-week renovation programme has produced the striking Knightsbridge Gardens. With 31,600m2 of modern, high- specification retail and office space, the building also features 35 residential units and a new rooftop restaurant.

The development programme included numerous Grade ll listed elements and involved complex work to retain the site’s historic facades, as well as structural demolition.

19 parking spaces at basement -2 level

With a high proportion of the basement space taken up by plant and equipment, and tube lines in close proximity to the basement, the Wohr team was asked to design, supply and install a parking solution that would maximise all the available basement space.

The solution has provided on-site parking for building occupiers and added significant value for the client. The scheme comprises two semi-automatic Combilift 543 car parking systems, which provide a total of 19 parking spaces in the Minus 2 basement level.

Bespoke Combilift solution

Although the standard Wohr Combilift systems feature in projects worldwide, in line with the quality and design ethos that runs throughout the building, a number of additional aesthetic and control elements were specified for this project to make the system truly bespoke.

At 5.20 metres, the system is longer than the company’s standard models to accommodate extra-long cars, with special, aluminium surfaces manufactured for the car park platforms and the system frames given a black polyester powder coat paint finish. Automatic glass doors were also installed.

To enhance user control and provide options for the system’s operation, as well as the standard RFID chip control used to retrieve the cars, Wohr also supplied remote control fobs and integrated the car park control into the client’s building management system, so that vehicles are captured by an ANPR camera at the secure entrance. EV charge points have also been installed.

With over 40 years’ experience Wohr has worked with architects and developers across the UK to design projects of all shape, size and complexity, delivering more than 6,500 parking spaces.

Knightsbridge Gardens is not only a prime example of a project that has fully optimised the available parking space, but also of the Combilift system’s ability to be tailored to suit the aesthetic and operational needs of each individual project.

Watch a video of the project here.

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