Herengracht 1 was the first ever pallet-based parking system designed and installed. After more than 25 years of use it remains fully operational and reliable.
Lack of sufficient parking spaces was just one of the issues facing the owner of this mixed-use building in the heart of Amsterdam. The building also housed an access route for truck deliveries to a postal office at the rear.
The automatic parking system installed, parks cars on four levels, using two internal lifts at either end to move cars on their pallets between levels. Access to the post office was ensured by enabling trucks and vans to drive through the parking system’s central aisle.
The project for aik-Grundstücksfonds GVW in co-operation with architect Edo Spier, features the pallet-based technology. Operations started in 1992 and the system continues to provide reliable automatic parking for both public and residential use.
- Building footprints in the centre of Amsterdam are very small. At the same time on street parking is difficult to find as well as expensive. Being able to offer parking to tenants is a significant Benefit to owners.
- The postal Office at the back of the building has Right-of-way through the parking space for ist delivery vans.
- Reversing onto roads from garage entry and exit points is a dangerous undertaking on Amsterdam's busy canal side roads with bycicles and pedestrians vying for space.
- The pallet-based automated technology allowed the creation and easy access to car parking where otherwise it wouldn’t have been possible.
- Initially a steel bridge was installed to allow delivery trucks to drive over the turntable. Delivery vans can now drive across the turntable to get to the post office.
- The integrated turntable turns cars in the direction of the exit before delivering them to their drivers, making ingress and egress safe and easy.