Versatile solutions

11 October 2021

YOU’D BE forgiven for thinking ‘storage’ when you think of warehousing but Smart-Space supplies warehouses for all kinds of reasons.

“What is most interesting is that we can supply an instant building for storage and then, next time we visit, it might have become a workshop!” says Smart-Space MD Antony Hunt.

“Sometimes, it has even been relocated to a new part of the client site. But that’s the beauty of a flexible warehouse, making sure it can change in line with your needs.”

To reflect this approach, Smart-Space arrangements are flexible. You can hire or purchase – or you can change your mind and purchase part-way through your agreement. You can off-hire at any time at all – unheard of generally – with one week’s notice. The team can also, quite easily, extend or reduce the size of the building. 

Hunt adds: “No one really knows what the future holds so, being able to flex, adapt and react is vital.”

Andy Hall, technical director at Mac’s Trucks in Huddersfield, likes the flexibility the Smart-Space buildings provide. “We have used them for different things over the years, from fabrication, paint booth to electrics and now crane building. The buildings give us the space to move things around and even relocate them. With sixteen different stages of our manufacturing process to manage this is really valuable,” he explains.

Making the most of space is important too. The newer range of Maxi-Space buildings offer this. Smart-Space worked with Sertec in Birmingham to create a long-term Maxi-Space solution to house the company’s finished goods. The build challenges included extreme time pressures, a requirement for height to accommodate Sertec’s fleet of VNA trucks and uninterrupted storage space.

“Being flexible is all-encompassing,” explains Antony Hunt. “It’s not just about the building itself but it’s also very much to do with the terms of the agreement and the supplier you’re working with. Flexibility has to be a 360 approach in our opinion.”

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