CASE STUDY: Office storage transformation for hard working charity
In 2015 the ShelvingDirect® team ran a competition offering one lucky business the chance to win a workplace storage makeover, including £2,500 worth of products to help improve their working conditions The competition was launched following the results of our survey into shelving use by industry, which revealed that 71% of workers are not happy with their workplace storage solutions. The competition ran for 8 weeks, and we received applicants from all of the country, each with their own unique storage problems. After much deliberation we chose a winner; Omega Care for Life, a small charity working out of offices in Shrewsbury, and struggling with an ongoing storage crisis.
The storage crisis
Sian Hallewell, a volunteer from the charity, sent in the competition entry asking us to “Please come in and make a miracle happen to sort our storage problems”. The charity provides help for the lonely, isolated or bereaved by sharing coping skills and information, along with therapeutic work and volunteering opportunities. Their offices are shared by the whole team, mainly volunteers, and when they got in touch they were really struggling with storage. In the competition entry Sian said “we have boxes piled under and around desks, piled in corners, balanced on top of a cupboard. People really are working at these desks, I don’t know where they put their feet.”
The photographs below show what the Omega offices looked like when they applied for the competition.
Immediately we could see how the team at ShelvingDirect® could help, and sent one our experts over to discuss their requirements and come up with a solution that would solve their workplace storage problems. Thomas Memery, Development Director from Omega Care for Life said: “Omega colleagues worked closely with the design team to make use of valuable, but previously unused space. We discussed our current storage requirements and gave some thought to our future needs. Omega team members were involved at the planning stage and were encouraged to suggest refinements and small last minute changes.”
When deciding what storage to get, it is important to consider all the options, but most importantly, make sure you end up choosing the best solution for your needs now and in the future. You don’t want to make the investment and then find in a couple of years that you have outgrown your storage and need to replace it. On this project we worked closely with the Omega team to understand their needs and, after deciding that our office shelving range would offer them the best possible solution, we soon got to work manufacturing the bespoke cabinets and shelves that would fit perfectly into their office space.
The finished products
Once the shelving was ready the installation took less than a day and we were so pleased to see the team at Omega exploring their brand new storage. Thomas Memery said “The advice we received was useful and the service was good. Overall, a competent installation crew and attention to detail combined with a flexible approach resulted in much needed extra storage space and has enhanced the office.”
Our steel shelving is fully adjustable to fit any space and can be manufactured to suit many different industries including warehouses, stockrooms, offices, archives, libraries and retail, and all of our shelves are made to the highest standard.
For help and advice on storage solutions for agile work places please contact Matthew White
0121 508 5877