Kent County Council’s initiative, the ‘New Ways of Working’, was set up to increase the efficiency of the Council’s estate portfolio and enable agile working practices. Guy Mayhew, New Ways of Working Project Manager, was looking for an innovative, space creating solution to accommodate all the stock in a much smaller area. A total of 3,000 linear metres of storage space was required.
“Within the budget parameters, we couldn’t find any space large enough to house this. It was then he came across Bruynzeel’s Double Decker mobile shelving system with integral mezzanine. “The investment will repay itself within a three to four year timescale – basically the reduced revenue costs of rent and rates over that time, when set against a larger warehouse space with a conventional storage layout.”
Bruynzeel’s Compactus Double Decker has a number of features that ensures a simple-to-use system suitable for processing orders on a daily basis. The electronic motor drive in the Double Decker allows staff to move heavily stocked shelving at the touch of a button. Colour coded front panels on the aisles help staff to quickly identify where stock is stored.
Bruynzeel worked closely with the Kent County Council team to ensure shelves were built to match the exact dimensions of the stock, thereby optimizing capacity in the available space. “We worked with Bruynzeel to produce the depth of shelving required,” said Guy, “and because the depths are variable and non-standard, we managed to cut the footprint considerably by tailoring them to our storage needs.”
Guy Mayhew, Kent County Council
Bruynzeel’s Double Decker system has met and exceeded the council’s requirements, providing more than 3,100 linear metres of shelving. In a world where organizational agility is becoming increasingly important, the Bruynzeel system fits perfectly with the needs of the council. “The bays are completely independent – you can divide the system into smaller elements. We really like its flexibility,” said Guy. “In times of change, and with changes on the agenda in local government, the ability to adapt to future needs is a great asset.”