On returning to the MIRA Technology Park to undertake our 10th project, Deeley Construction have worked in partnership with HORIBA-MIRA once again to deliver a project that will help shape the future of automated driving.
This ‘Trusted Autonomous Parking’ (Park-IT) project is being delivered by Nuneaton-based global engineering firm, HORIBA MIRA, in partnership with Coventry University.As part of the project, HORIBA MIRA has worked with Coventry University to develop a multi-storey car park, associated stores on-road parking bays and parking lot environments on its Proving Ground, providing real-world parking situations to support the development of self-parking solutions.
The construction consisted of several elements: a multi-storey car park consisting of five levels, including ground level; off highway and on highway parking to replicate off street and on street parking and cycle lanes. The structure of the car park facility is a traditional steel frame with pre-cast concrete planks with an asphalt finish. There was also a complexity to the tarmac specification. Strict tolerances were set to ensure vehicle performance was not affected by external elements with requirements for a 0% gradient fall on external and 1% gradient fall on internal tarmac.
The building also had roller shutters installed so the autonomous vehicles could be tested in a ‘low-light’ scenario. The site was located within the busy MIRA Test Track and therefore require a site-specific banksman to escort all deliveries to site via a section of the test track. This was in addition to the 30-minute advance-notification given to the HORIBA-MIRA security team for every visitor and delivery to site. A number of live services were spread across the site adding to the complexity of the scheme.