Office for National Statistics, Southport

Office for National Statistics, Southport

Client: Office for National Statistics
Type of work: Implementation of a mobile storage system for the quick and easy retrieval of files.

New mobile storage units from Railex Systems Ltd, industry expert in storage and filing solutions, have been used to significantly improve storage facilities at the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in Southport.

The ONS building, used as a national registration centre during the war, is now the workplace for almost nine hundred and fifty civil servants. With such large staff numbers, storage has always been a key consideration.

But when the second floor of the building was required to accommodate a new General Register Office customer call centre, it was decided that significant improvements were required.

In a competitive tender, Railex Systems Ltd was selected to come up with the ideal storage solution.

Paul Davies, Interserve's Senior Facilities Manager at the ONS, comment, "The Railex proposal offered the greatest value for money and their attention to detail was extremely impressive. Railex also gave us the opportunity to visit another company to actually see their mobile units in action – this certainly clinched the deal."

Fifty-five mobile storage bays were provided in total, providing three hundred and thirty linear metres worth of storage space and facilitating the quick, simple retrieval of files.

This new ground floor storage facility enabled all ground and second floor storage to be consolidated into one specific area, freeing up the second floor for the new call centre. The space created enabled seventy-six new workstations to be fitted – only forty would have been possible with the previous set-up.

Carol Clarke, the ONS Client continues, "The new mobile storage system from Railex has really helped us to streamline operations in the building. We now make maximum use of the space available, which is far more cost effective."

"As a result of the product quality and service that we have received from Railex, we would have no hesitation in using the company again and in fact, we are currently in negotiation with them regarding four more mobile installation projects."

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