Grant & Stone, one of the Home Counties’ leading independent building trade supply organisations, has made a significant addition to its service with the opening of a dedicated electrical supplies outlet in Hemel Hempstead. Significantly, the development has benefited from Polypal storage systems that have been designed to help maximise efficiency and storage capacity at the new premises.
Located directly opposite the existing Grant & Stone plumbing supplies outlet in the town – one of 14 Grant & Stone premises throughout the region – the new facility comprises a trade counter with a two-level storage facility directly behind. It is in the latter area that the Polypal involvement has been extensive – not just with the supply and installation of a range of storage systems, but also with the creation of a mezzanine ‘over-sailing’ floor. By supporting the floor with the ground level racking instead of independent steel work, costs are reduced whilst making a significant contribution to maximising the storage capability within the premises.
“The mezzanine structure has been built in part from Polypal’s racking systems at ground level and continues over the trade counter area to give a clear space below,” comments Mark Lawes, Grant & Stone’s Branch Manager. “This has given us more than double the amount of ground level storage space without the need for extensive structural work. The design of the building offered significant roof height and we are delighted that the storage installation has been able to make the most of this asset.”
At ground level, Polypal has installed Euro-shelving, Longspan shelving and A-Frame racking, which provides highly durable and space-efficient storage options across Grant & Stone’s stock list – importantly, with versatility built into the shelving system design should layout configuration requirements change in the future.
Additionally, a cable drum facility that occupies the full two-level wall height along one side of the building has been installed by Polypal to provide rapid, simple access to a wide variety of cable diameters.
“We installed two staircases and two pallet gates on the mezzanine floor, with additional shelving also provided at this level,” comments John Drake, Business Development Manager at Polypal. “The entire mezzanine area has been fitted with smooth timber flooring to facilitate the use of hand pallet trucks which, in conjunction with load access via the pallet gates, optimises material movement.”
“This is an important step forward for us in the area, and the developments at Hemel Hempstead represent the latest in an ongoing commitment to branch development and growth, which has been a key factor of our business in recent years,” comments Darren House, Grant & Stone Marketing and Design Manager.
“We believe our focus on service, range and knowledge has allowed us to build an enviable reputation over almost 25 years for the supply of a wide range of building materials – from heavy side and plumbing to bathroom fittings and decorating products – and electrical equipment has been an important additional element in this mix,” he continues.
“We are confident that the opening now of a dedicated, electrical equipment outlet in one of the key towns in the region will help us gain further business in the area, and we are delighted to have been able to work with Polypal to ensure that the storage efficiency and capacity on site are both maximised,” he adds.
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