Developer Reveals his Views on Skyline APS

Ever wondered what motivates people to purchase automated parking systems or ‘APS’? Or why do people opt for Skyline Parking to supply them? One forward-looking property developer has shared his thoughts in a fascinating interview, which provides an insight into those questions.

Sam Budhdeo is the visionary developer responsible for the world’s most sustainable residential tower, The Beacon, which is located in Hemel Hempstead, just outside of London. As The Beacon gets ready to launch, we take a closer look at some of the quotes from Mr. Budhdeo's interview to answer a few frequently asked questions about why to choose an APS from Skyline.

What inspired you to build The Beacon?

"Quite simply: my children – the strong desire to leave a positive legacy for them and future generations in term of health, quality of life and financial opportunity."

How does the Skyline Automated Parking System support your vision for The Beacon?

“In so many ways and especially compared to the original conventional car parking design."

“At a purely financial level, the increased site density, reduced Community Infrastructure Levy and reduced excavation costs offer huge savings.”

“In addition, there are far fewer prerequisites for the building itself. For instance, no sprinkler system, fresh air ventilation, fire venting or CCTV is required.”

"These [building] factors alone totaled nearly £5 million on The Beacon. Plus, the saving from the reduced operating cost to run and maintain these systems for the life of the building.

"But look beyond the financial benefits – what value would you put on your children’s future health…"

"Then consider the benefits this system gives the residents…"

"An underground parking provision combined with the Skyline solution, which requires over 50% less volume than the alternative, can make a critical difference in whether or not a development is viable."

What is the single biggest challenge you have had to overcome?

"Typically, designers and cost consultants look at simple cost comparisons such as as the cost per parking space of a conventional parking system compared to an Automated Parking System (APS). This ignores the bigger picture; consider the holistic cost savings and the opportunities available if you use a Skyline APS to increase the site density.”

Read the fascinating full interview with Sam Budhdeo at The Beacon – Interview with Sam Budhdeo.


Construction phases of an Automated Parking System

One of the most significant benefits of an automated parking system over a conventional car park is an easier and more cost-effective construction process. Thanks to the use of automation to park cars, less space is required to accommodate the needs of people, resulting in a smaller building volume. In addition, pre-fabricated building materials can be put together in record time, greatly simplifying the construction process and saving money at the same time. Learn more about the different construction advantages offered by APS here.

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Customer Comments about Skyline Parking APS

What do customers have to say about Skyline Parking and its products? One customer, Remo B. Managing Director at auto züri west (azw), has plenty to say. azw is a car dealership in the Zurich area that had an Automated Parking System (APS) from Skyline Parking installed in 2013. Besides discussing his Skyline APS, Remo B. explains some of the remarkable financial and operational benefits that the APS has provided his car dealership. Here are a few excerpts from an interview with him about his experience with Skyline Parking…

"The exhibition tower [Skyline APS] gives customers a truly unique experience when they collect their vehicles."

"…the main benefit of the Skyline tower is SPACE! We can fit 128 cars – and it’s a very small area. The higher number of on-site vehicles for customers to browse has resulted in an increase in sales."
"The tower also has an impact on our image/reputation. It has become a symbol of azw and is instantly recognizable!"

"Needless to say, the tower has also led to the optimization of working processes. Everything is much quicker now – vehicle handling times have been reduced enormously. Now everybody has more time for sales."

“The integration of the wash system is another economic benefit, as it saves on personnel costs.”

"I am really pleased with it. The tower has become a reliable working tool for us. Even at the very low temperatures we experienced this winter and in over 30 degree heat, it has worked perfectly."

"…I wouldn’t hesitate to place my trust in another Skyline product."

In the rest of the interview, Remo B. goes into more detail about the APS product itself, support from Skyline Parking, any future integration plans and much more.

See the Skyline Parking Tower in action.

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Planning for Better Hospital Parking

Hospitals and medical centers all over the world struggle to cope with the ever-increasing demand for their services and the accompanying increase in demand for parking. Urban hospitals, in particular, often have to choose between using the scarce land available to add additional floor space for services and parking areas. Fortunately, there are possible solutions that make parking much more space efficient, thus allowing hospitals to enhance both their services and parking supply at the same time.

The High Cost of Inferior Hospital Parking
For a hospital to run efficiently, it’s essential that patients, staff and visitors are able to come and go easily. When hospital parking is in short supply, problems may occur:
  • Delayed or missed treatments
  • Increased backlogs due to rescheduled appointments
  • Loss of productivity and income
  • Heightened anxiety and stress among patients, staff and visitors
  • Declining patient satisfaction and reputation
When hospital expansion planners allow medical services to take precedence over parking, the result can include significantly increasing parking costs, wasting valuable land, aggravating surrounding communities and inconveniencing or endangering patients and staff.

More Hospital Parking in Less Space
Automated parking systems or APS make it possible for hospitals to use land more efficiently in order to meet the growing demand for services and parking. By removing people from the parking process, APS can more than double the number parking spaces offered by multi-story car parks (no driving lanes, no ramps, no walkways, stairwells or elevators). APS can provide parking in small or irregularly shaped areas that are unsuitable for conventional parking solutions. This is ideal for creating parking spaces in the unusual areas left over after numerous hospital expansions. Moreover, APS are inherently safer, more secure and easier for people with disabilities to access than conventional parking facilities such as standard car parks.

Planning Is Key to Better Parking
Hospitals that include car parking at the earliest stages of expansion planning are likely to end up making best possible use of the land. This is especially true when the scarcity of land requires a highly space-efficient parking solution. In order to achieve maximum land savings by opting for a flexible and very compact APS solution, it’s best to plan for this at the concept stage.
If your hospital or medical center needs to expand its parking facilities, talk tothe experts at Skyline Parking to learn more about the different high-density parking options available.

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Minimum parking requirements - problem and alternatives

What are minimum parking requirements?
Minimum parking requirements (MPR) are laws requiring new buildings to include a fixed number of off-street parking spaces based on an assumed demand for parking generated by the buildings' use. This dates back to the early 1950s with its rapid urban and suburban development, resulting in an explosion in the number of cars worldwide and a shortage of parking. Some cities went so far as to use MPR to define the number of parking spaces for small businesses such as car washes or fruit stands, but they were more commonly assigned to bedrooms, classrooms or retail spaces. However, as urban spaces have become ever more crowded, many cities around the world are reconsidering the MPR concept.

The problem with minimum parking requirements
One of the biggest concerns with MPR is that they waste a great deal of space by applying a "one size fits all" solution to a complex and evolving situation.
In one European country, for example, theatres and cinemas were required to provide one parking space for every three seats. This is a waste of valuable land, as these venues are rarely fully occupied, plus a lot of visitors will walk, cycle or take public transport instead, meaning at least half of the parking spaces go constantly unused. City planners and developers can often identify countless examples of wasted urban land due to MPR.

Alternatives to minimum parking requirements
Increasing urban populations are demanding more living space and MPR has led to the creation of excess, poorly-distributed and under-utilized parking facilities in many European cities. Some of these have taken steps to repurpose this valuable land, e.g. Zurich and Hamburg were leaders in the revolution against minimum parking requirements. Both have frozen the number of parking spaces in their city centers, eliminating one on-street parking space for each new off-street parking space.
The Netherlands started addressing MPR in 1989 by classifying cities according to the following three criteria: 
  • Excellent transit access and poor car access.
  • Good transit access and good car access.
  • Good car access and poor transit access.
This made it easier for Dutch cities to allocate land for parking versus other uses.
Other parking initiatives in European cities include:
  • Government schemes for utilizing private parking areas for public use.
  • Adjusting parking prices to manage or redistribute parking.
  • Mandatory bicycle lanes and parking spaces.
  • Avoiding large, centralized parking structures in favor of smaller, more space-efficient parking facilities.

Efficiency is the answer
The demand for driving and parking will continue to be a challenge for decades to come and the focus of all MPR alternatives is the more efficient use of land. An example of this is by integrating parking solutions into less valuable or otherwise unusable areas. Automated parking systems like those from Skyline Parking are the key to space-efficient parking and an ideal way to solve the issue of minimum parking requirements in Europe.