Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Attracting 750,000 visitors every year, the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is the leading maritime heritage attraction in the UK, and forms part of the Royal Navy Base. The site houses a cross section of British Naval history, from the Mary Rose and HMS Victory to modern day aircraft carriers. It is also home to the National Museum of the Royal Navy, the ever-popular Harbour Tour boats and numerous restaurants and cafes.
Adjacent to a ferry, train, coach and bus station, the attraction is well set up for visitors to arrive by public transport, but Patrick Holmes, Deputy Chief Executive of the Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust, says with 90,000 cars arriving each year, it is important to provide a well-presented, modern and reliable parking facility.
A sophisticated pay-on-foot ticketed parking system from WPS, one of the UK’s leading parking equipment providers, is being installed at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to deliver seamless access for visitors, local hotel guests and residents of the development above the car park, with revenue generated going to support investment in the curation of 500 years of naval history. Supporting the business in providing its visitors with a COVID-safe experience, the system includes touchless ticket dispensers and scanners.
Two of WPS’ ParkAdvance™ pay stations, one that is cashless, will support chip & pin, contactless, Apple and Google Pay functionality, and feature an intuitive 12-inch, fully-customisable colour screen and IP intercom. Chip & pin and contactless payment functionality will also be installed at exit barriers to support a smooth exit for customers who forget to pay. High-performing automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras will be installed at the entry and exit barriers, enabling the use of parking payment apps.