Albion Fire, Near Miss for WSL
by Neville Proctor
| April 22nd, 2014
Over the bank holiday weekend our neighbors suffered a devastating fire at their premises. While the fire was incredibly close to WSL we have been very lucky and escaped with minimal damage to one wall of our building, this has meant we have been able to open as normal.
Warehouse Systems would like to extend their thanks to West Yorkshire Fire Service for the brilliant effort made in controlling the fire; it was a very impressive operation to witness and they deserve a great deal of praise.
We would also like to extend our condolences to our neighbours and hope they are able to bounce back from what must be a very traumatic situation.
PHASE ONE COMPLETED; 26,000 Pallet Locations of Pallet Racking Built in 4 weeks
by Neville Proctor
| February 3rd, 2014
Following the award of a 2 phase contract in excess of £ 1M, Phase One has been completed; WSL have supplied and installed over 26,000 locations of new Pallet Racking in 4 weeks on site. The contract involved close liaison with the Sprinkler and Electrical contractors; all working under a Main Contractor. The site, in Sheffield, demanded absolute commitment and all trades were like clockwork to give the customer the handover date they required.
Roll on Phase 2; we are dismantling and re-locating a further 26,000 locations of existing racking now that the racks have been emptied into the new.
WSL’s Man of Steel Gets Muddy
| September 7th, 2013
Warehouse Systems Project Manager Chris O’Brien is taking on one of the toughest obstacle courses know to man this weekend when he competes in Tough Mudder, at The Broughton Hall Estate in North Yorkshire.
He will be running the 12 mile course while taking on various obstacles which include a fire run, scaling 20ft climbing walls, crawling through an electric river and many more! All this at the end of what has been a very busy week for Chris; he has had a £200k milti-site reconfiguration project starting this week, along with managing his Contracts Teams and ensuring all his other sites continue to run smoothly.
We are very proud of Chris for his great professionalism and attention to detail at work and even more proud and amazed at how he is choosing to wind down at the weekends!
To see what crazy things he will be getting up to take a look at the Tough Mudder Website http://toughmudder.co.uk/obstacles/
Good luck Chris, we will be thinking of you while drinking our morning coffees and reading the Sunday papers!
Mezzanine Information Document
| March 8th, 2013
Mezzanine Floors Document – Click here
| March 6th, 2013
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WAREHOUSE SYSTEMS BROCHURE
Competition Foiled – Update
| October 9th, 2012
See the finished project photograph; can you tell the difference from the cgi graphics below?
Architectual Cantilever Racking
| August 2nd, 2012
WSL have recently completed an installation for a major supplier of Architectual Ironmongery. The project included 6 metre high Cantilever Racking for the long lengths of stainless and Aluminium products, Pallet Racking for their palletized products, LongSpan Shelving for boxed goods plus a fully enclosed small parts store to prevent dust and dirt damage to the expensive small components, WSL also fitted the enclosed store with lighting as part of the contract.
The Cantilever Racking is manufactured by WSL at their fabrication unit in Leeds, Yorkshire. The colours shown are the standard giving a high visibility contrast to help select the levels safely.
| May 25th, 2012
During a great week for orders, one was an interesting engineering solution. WSL designed a rack for storing coils of plastic foil using the clients spindles and a bespoke WSL bracket to locate them securely.
Having found WSL on the web, we managed to outperform the client’s regular supplier with an unbeatable combination of specification and price. Being able to use our factory’s abilities to manufacture items like the bracket along with all the regular products just gives WSL the edge sometimes in situations like this.
| May 16th, 2012
Group Effort for MDA
When award winning fulfilment and procurement specialist MDA handed WSL the keys to their brand new empty warehouse ahead of anticipating the busiest period in their 25 year history it took all the skills of the WS Group of companies to hand it back just seven weeks later ready to operate.
The first job of Warehouse Systems was to understand MDA’s business model and logistics patterns; only then can we design a system that will work now and into an expanding future.
The scheme includes eight thousand pallet locations operated by articulated fork lifts in 2 metre aisles, and a multi-tier long span shelving system with 8,000 SKUs. In addition to marketing materials and consumable goods, MDA also house high value items so we constructed a secure cage for them in the multi-tier shelving system. We took care of all the lighting requirements too; making sure lighting is in the most beneficial place for the storage is sometimes overlooked. Knowing where and when to install essentials like lighting and sprinklers is just one of the advantages of having a total project under the auspices of one main contractor.
The WS groups manufacturing arm made a mezzanine loading platform to all tiers with pallet safety gates and staircases. The whole system was protected with our own access barriers and end of run protection.
Group interior specialist company Nexus Workspace constructed offices within the building. This was a turnkey approach and included partitions, floor coverings, external windows, air-conditioning and electrics. We also painted 120,000 sq ft of warehouse flooring with a two part epoxy finish in zone colours.
MDA Head of Fulfilment, Carl Lee, said of the project, “From start to finish we were delighted with the performance of WS Group. The opening of our brand new Fulfilment Centre marks both a significant investment and milestone in the growth of MDA as we continue our rapid expansion in the UK fulfilment industry. As the first choice to many of Britain’s and the world’s biggest brands we need to get it right first time and the support provided by WS Group throughout this process has been invaluable in ensuring our customers receive the highest quality of service from MDA at all times.”
WSL Gain Safecontractor Renewal
| April 25th, 2012
Warehouse Systems has gained renewal of it SAFEcontractor status, recognising the committment we make to Health & Safety issues on site.
John Kinge, Head of Risk at SAFEcontractor said, “Major organisations can no longer run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies”. “More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that Warehouse Systems Limited has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example, which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector”. Under the SAFEcontractor system, businesses undergo a vetting process, which examines health and safety procedures and their track record for safe practice. Those companies meeting the high standard are included on a database, which is accessible to registered users only via a website, www.safecontractor.com
Employer-organisations who sign up to the scheme can access the database, enabling them to vet potential contractors before they even set foot on site. These employers agree that, as users of the scheme, they will engage only those who have received accreditation. Over one hundred and fifty major nation-wide businesses, from several key sectors, have signed up to use the scheme when selecting contractors for services such as building, cleaning, maintenance, refurbishment or electrical and mechanical work.
Muntons; Passionate about Quality
| March 3rd, 2012
Muntons PLC of Stowmarket, working with their Logistics partners DHL, have chosen WSL to fit out their latest warehouse. The contract is for Double Deep Pallet Racking and a Mezzanine Floor.
WSL advised on a number of Health & Safety points that have ensured the installations are designed and installed to the highest standards.
MDA choose WSL
| February 23rd, 2012
Warehouse Systems have secured a large order with MDA ( www.mdalimited.co.uk ) of Blackburn to fit out their new 120,000 sq ft warehouse. The contract includes painting the entire floor area ! and fitting pallet racking and a Multi-Tier shelving system in addition to the reconfiguration of the electrics.
Group company Nexus Workspace ( www.nexusworkspace.co.uk ) are carrying out the office fit-out.
WSL Factory to invest 30k
| December 12th, 2011
Due to increased demand for our wide range of steel fabrications, WSL have decided to invest in a new control system for their automated drill line. The automatic, 3 headed Peddinghaus machine is to be equipped with new controls and software enabling the machine to handle the 3 heads individually and simultaneously; increasing throughput speeds and accuracy.
Demand is being generated across all aspects of sales, bur rapid increases are being seen through sales to our “same trade” customers. Realising we can’t be everywhere to sell to end users, we have focussed sales efforts through our brand – Albion Fabrications to our competitors who are seeing we are happy to share our competitive pricing with them. As an industry, heavy fabrication such as Cantilever Racking, End of Run barriers, Guiderails, etc have historically been sourced through a relatively few manufacturers who have tended to dictate the market pricing. Now Albion Fabrications are there to shake things up for the benefit of everyone.
| December 12th, 2011
Client – Superdrug PLC
Superdrug put out its brief for this £150K project in an open forum to seven contractors. WSL was chosen because of our ability to truly understand a client’s requirements and tailor our work accordingly.
Superdrug is a well-known value chemist with a staggering 900 stores across the UK and Ireland. It also has a retail website from which products are sent direct to customers.
Due to its online expansion programme, Superdrug wanted to maximise storage space in its South Elmsall warehouse to accommodate picking fulfilment. The work to create this extra space would have to be done within a busy warehouse employing expert health and safety techniques.
WSL installed a 5m-high, 1000m2 mezzanine floor. We erected short-span shelving for picking on the new first floor, and designed the layout around workbench areas to ensure picking and packing can be done as efficiently as possible. The mezzanine was fitted with a fire-rated suspended ceiling, column casings and fascias to comply with current building regulations.
In addition, as the mezzanine was built over a storage area, we dismantled the existing racking and reinstalled reduced-height racking under the mezzanine. We also installed end-of-run barriers, mezzanine guards and pallet racking post protection.
WSL was also contracted to install low-energy lighting, smoke detection and sprinkler system too. The mezzanine floor, part K staircases, rack barriers and pallet gates used on this project were manufactured in-house by WSL.
The site was run under CDM regulations, with WSL being the principal contractor. We completed the project in just 16 weeks from start to finish.
IN FOR A PENNY, IN FOR A POUND
| October 31st, 2011