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centre:mk, Multi-Storey Car Park

Rolton Group was appointed to provide mechanical and electrical engineering support for a new build five-storey 1,429 space car park at centre:mk (off Marlborough Gate), Milton Keynes.

Our team delivered a performance design, including; hot and cold water services, High Voltage (HV)/Low Voltage (LV) distribution, general LV power, general and emergency lighting, fire detection, Public Address Voice Alarm (PAVA), CCTV, Variable Messaging System (VMS), Parking Management System (PMS) and Building Management System (BMS). LV metering methods compliant with Part L are also included.

This new build MSCP features twelve 7.4kW electric vehicle (EV) charging points split between ground and first floors. Whilst producing load calculations our engineers explored the impact of these EV points and carefully considered this additional feature when submitting utility service applications for new public utility supply.

Following assessments, a building integrated Distribution Network Operator (DNO) HV/LV substation has also been included within the design. This is a bespoke arrangement with design input and sign off by Western Power Distribution. The design proposal included load capacity to futureproof the site for post-completion provision of additional EV points and potential inclusion of future retail units.

This project ran alongside ongoing works at centre:mk, requiring close co-ordination with Phase One Wayfinding (a project Rolton Group are also a part of), comprising totems and directional signage.

An array of integrated IP systems also feature within designs, including;

  • Parking management system (including parking barriers, ticket processing machines etc.)
  • Variable messaging system (smart sensors with red/green LED lights to indicate occupied/available parking spaces, integrated CCTV to provide car counting, surveillance and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR), Find-My-Car user interface, linked to the VMS to allow customers to locate their vehicles via on-site kiosks and/or smartphone apps.
  • Intercom Help Points will also be used throughout contributing to the ‘Park Mark’ safer parking scheme standard.

This project saw Rolton Group working closely with Leslie Jones Architecture, Planning Consultant Turley Associates and the Employer’s Agent.

“Rolton took on the M&E consultancy for our car park design at centre:mk in Milton Keynes at a late stage in the process. With the design having already achieved planning I was impressed by Rolton’s professionality and the speed at which they got to grips with the issues, offering clear and accurate advice.”

James Cons, Managing Director for Leslie Jones Architecture