Business models and practices change and companies often need to work within legacy buildings that don’t match current needs. Commercial diesel power and transmission distributor, Mitchell Powersystems, overcame these problems by calling in rapid building specialist, Smart Space, to provide more loading bay facilities and so liberate valuable warehouse space at their Sutton-in-Ashfield centralised distribution site.
Mitchell’s logistics manager, Gene Laker, explained, “Prompt delivery is a priority for our customers and we decided that we could provide a better service to them with a centralised distribution hub rather than a network of regional depots. One of our existing buildings met most of our needs, but lacked adequate space for orders to be collated and for sheltered vehicle loading and unloading. Footings were already in place for an extension, but we feared that conventional construction would be costly, time consuming and highly disruptive.”
Smart Space have provided the company with a 20 by 25 metres open-ended covered loading bay to the existing warehouse. This is a light weight, permanent steel structure clad in ocean blue panels to match the existing building. This allows vehicles to be loaded and unloaded under cover, adds more outdoor storage and, importantly, also releases space within the main facility for more efficient storage and stock management.
The Smart Space system uses strong, but light weight, roll-formed steel sections in place of conventional hot rolled steel. Ground loading forces are low so such buildings generally have lighter and less costly foundations than conventional construction, saving time and money. In this case, footings for a conventional extension were in place, enabling an exceptionally speedy build at a cost of just under £50,000.
As Gene Laker noted, “The installation went very well, the guys worked really hard to get it completed with little disruption to our operation. On-site time was less than one month. We are very pleased with the result.”
Smart Space offer a range of accommodation for temporary or long term use in industry and logistics. Systems are based on light weight modular constructions that can usually be installed in a fraction of the time and cost of conventional buildings. Facilities can be fitted with lighting, heat power and other mechanical services as required.
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Press release issued: April 1, 2015
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