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New DESIGNA Technology Makes UK Debut At Shopping Centre

World-leading Pay on Foot parking systems manufacturer, DESIGNA, has worked with the White Rose shopping centre in Rhyl, North Wales, to update its car parking system to the company’s advanced ABACUS software and equipment.
After many successful installations abroad, the shopping centre is the first DESIGNA site in the UK to have installed its new tap in/tap out contactless credit card technology.
The installation included new state-of-the-art entrance and exit terminals accepting tap in/tap out contactless card payment technology. There are also three full pay stations, a DBS server, manual pay station and intercom. All of this helps to improve the efficiency and security of the car park, which is popular with shoppers due to its seafront location.
As the first part of the shopping experience, the convenience and availability of a car park is crucial to the overall service and satisfaction of a customer. DESIGNA recognised this and developed ABACUS, an advanced car park access system that intelligently integrates various elements to create the ultimate system that is highly reliable and low maintenance. It is also able to cope with large volumes of traffic while providing the highest level of monitoring to ensure a secure parking environment.
The parking system is barrier controlled and makes use of DESIGNA barcode ticket technology. In addition to the standard ticket technology, the car park offers the facility to tap in/tap out using a contactless credit card. This operates with a unique identifier from the credit / debit card as a substitute for a ticket for the duration of the stay at the car park. When the customer presents a contactless card on entry, it recognises them and by tapping again at exit it automatically calculates the tariff and allows payment to take place at the exit. The system has three pay on foot machines which accept coins, notes and credit cards.
With more than 30 stores, White Rose shopping centre, Rhyl’s number one shopping destination, has a wide range of quality stores. Located in the centre of the town, White Rose is a short walk from Rhyl’s seafront, railway station and sea aquarium, and has direct access car parking for 300 vehicles. The centre previously had a chip coin solution installed on site.    
Sue Nash, Centre Manager at the White Rose commented, “The biggest advantage of having the DESIGNA system in place is the easy payment method. The advanced ticket machines make it possible to pay using several means, therefore reducing the problem of queuing at the pay machines and having to pay with change. Another payment option we now have is the facility to pay through mobile devices and via contactless cards.”
She continued, “The majority of people move around with credit cards rather than cash and having a versatile payment option in the car park makes for a painless process. The maintenance of the system at our local level was extremely important to avoid costly and timely engineer callouts. Simple things like ticket and coin jams, system resets are now extremely easy to resolve as is the exchange of entry tickets when required. I would certainly recommend the DESIGNA system to others and we are extremely pleased with the results.”
Specifier Andrew Bailey, of Parking Ideas commented, “Parking Ideas is a complete car parking and transportation consultancy that helps institutions, property owners, landlords and managing agents develop and optimise their assets. I have worked with the White Rose shopping centre for a number of years and following a competitive tender found that DESIGNA’s systems best suited the client’s requirements.”
He continued, “The ABACUS system is good value, commercially viable and ticked all the right boxes for the White Rose. It is very important to have the facility to pay by card, so the payment terminals having this feature are vital to the centre and have made all the difference to the running of the car park. Parking Ideas has been in the parking industry for more than 15 years so we have worked with DESIGNA before and are very happy with the end result.”
The car park’s entrance and exit are installed with DESIGNA In+ and Out+ ticket terminals so that using the site is fast and easy. The advanced terminals operate on the lowest energy consumption of their class with the ability to hold more tickets than before, with the bin adapting itself to the fill quantity. Customers are greeted with excellent user-friendliness due to the simplicity of the equipment and illuminated display with clear instructions.
The four-way barcode readers also ensure visitors can insert their ticket any way round into any of the pay stations around the site.
For payment, three of DESIGNA’s new Pay on Foot machines are in place in the car park. This allows customers to pay for their visit before returning to their car and exit the car park more quickly. The pay station is deliberately designed to allow disabled customers to pay freely without assistance. Each of the pay stations is installed with an interactive monitor that makes it easy to pay and offers several different languages.
Shopping centre management has full control of the ABACUS system through the DBS server, with a manual pay station (MPS) to allow them to create or override payments. The control room also links with the ticket and payment terminals via a DESIGNA VoIP Intercom to assist customers if required.
DESIGNA’s parking systems are used in a number of impressive shopping centres around the world. These include the Dundrum shopping centre in Dublin, the Mid Valley Megamall in Malaysia and the Mall of Emirates in Dubai. In the UK the Belfry shopping centre in Redhill, the Woolshops shopping centre in Halifax and the Wellgate centre in Dundee have also benefited from the ABACUS system.
Recognised worldwide for its high quality and intelligent systems, DESIGNA has more than 15,000 systems installed globally across a wide range of car park situations, including shopping centres, airports and hospitals. ABACUS is one of the company’s innovations and demonstrates the endless possibilities available to car park operators. The future-proof technology allows for expansions of premises or new property acquisitions by allowing additional systems to be added to the network. In its many global applications, ABACUS has proved to be an effortless system for both operators and users and is a great investment for companies looking to the future.


Altro Orchestra Looks The Part In Eye Clinic

Altro Orchestra™ smooth flooring has been used to transform the eye clinic at Torbay Hospital, South Devon’s main hospital. The flooring, ideal for areas where comfort and sound reduction are important, was used to replace old carpet floor tiles that were no longer suitable.
The Estates Building Supervisor worked closely with and was fully supported by Altro to choose the right product for the clinic. Altro met with the ward and building supervisors to discuss floor options.
Roberts Flooring installed the Altro Orchestra. Scott Andrews, Estimator at Roberts Flooring said: “We fitted out the Eye Surgery Waiting Room in two contrasting colours Altro Orchestra ‘Bassoon’ and Altro Orchestra ‘Soul’. Aesthetically the design looks really good. The floor was easy to fit, which you would expect from Altro.”
Paul Gaunt, Building Maintenance Manager, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust said: “The installation went really well, there was a noticeable difference to the floor area as the installation progressed. The waiting area now benefits from a more professional look with improved natural light using the two colours. Altro Orchestra is really easy to clean and can be machine cleaned.”
2.85mm Altro Orchestra has been engineered to create the ideal environment to learn and live. Low residual indentation facilitates the flexible use of equipment and furniture, including hospital beds. At the same time, the integrated impact sound insulation system cuts impact sound by up to 15dB.
It offers comfort underfoot making life easier on the feet of patients or students, but particularly hard-working staff who spend countless hours on the move.
With a palette of 40 colours and designs varying from calming neutrals reflecting tones of nature, to vibrant shades, Altro Orchestra allows you to create the right atmosphere every time. It coordinates with Altro Operetta and Altro Serenade for a complete look throughout.


Morris & Spottiswood named ‘Contractor of the Year’ at Education Buildings Scotland Awards

UK construction sector firm Morris & Spottiswood has been named ‘Contractor of the Year’ at the 2018 Education Buildings Scotland Awards.
Members of the firm received the prestigious accolade at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Edinburgh at a black-tie function supported by the Scottish Government. The £100million fit-out business fended of competition from other shortlisted contenders Morrison Construction and Kier Scotland.
It followed a nomination from the University of Glasgow after a year-long series of projects including heritage refurbishments and cutting-edge laboratory spaces for world-leading researchers.
The glowing submission praised Morris & Spottiswood’s ‘culture and ethos’ for being aligned to the university and its ‘collaborative, can-do, attitude operating openly and honestly’. Further credit was given to the firm’s ‘active participation’ in the University’s Health & Safety Forums and initiatives, in-depth experience of the sector and thorough understanding of challenges presented by a live academic environment.
Morris & Spottiswood Director for Fit-Out Scotland Gordon Clyne said: “We are hugely grateful for the nomination from the University of Glasgow which is the result of a highly successful, collaborative partnership, which has developed over many years. One of the critical factors to this success is our shared values. We are very proud of the long-term work we have delivered for the University and it’s always a thoroughly enjoyable experience working with them. After becoming a key member of its construction supply chain through its Minor Works Construction Framework, we have been able to deliver a wide variety of projects within the £100,000 to £5million bracket. This has enabled us to make a significant impact on the overall working and learning environment.
“Key work has taken place in the University’s McCall Building, James Watt South Building, Thomson Building, terraced houses in Professor Square and Level 4 of the Boyd Orr Building. We have delivered a broad mix of services from Mechanical and Engineering (M&E) work to bespoke joinery, specialist flooring, fabric repairs, restoration and landscaping. The projects have varied greatly from sensitive restorative treatment within listed buildings to intensive upgrade, refurbishment and fit-out work.”
The submission goes on to commend Morris & Spottiswood’s management team for being ‘readily available’, for ‘proactively seeking feedback as part of their framework engagement’, and for ‘actively participating in their University Health & Safety initiatives’. It further endorsed the ‘responsiveness and commitment to partnership working’ which has helped build a valued and trusted partnership.
Morris & Spottiswood employs more than 400 people with offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Warrington and Leeds. Mr Clyne said the award re-enforces the firm’s strong partnership with the University of Glasgow, which has developed over a period of ten years.
“Our work with the University of Glasgow offers an excellent case study communicating the calibre of work we deliver in the education market. There are unique aspects to working in each and every sector, however this particular area requires keen attention to health and safety and a flexible approach in relation to the movement and well-being of staff and students. Being one of the largest fit-out firms in the UK we feel well placed to continue driving growth in the education sector due to our depth of knowledge, experience and expertise.”
The University of Glasgow recently rose three places to 17th place in the UK rankings for The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
Glasgow also retained second place in the Scottish university rankings. This follows on from being awarded the title of Scottish University of the Year for 2018.

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