Flat Pack FireVault – Technology Supplies Ltd.

The clients requirements

As part of the Wall Family Enterprise of companies, Technology Supplies had undertaken a centralisation project for all UK distribution. A new purpose built 78,000 square foot Distribution Centre was manufactured at the existing Technology Supplies site in Shrewsbury. One of the businesses re-locating to Shrewsbury, supplies large amounts of small containers of flammable liquids to educational establishments. Because of the highly flammable hazards of these products it was extremely important that an efficient method was identified to enable the safe storage and picking of these products. Following lengthy consultations with both insurers and health and safety consultants, a 120-minute fire rated solution was specified as a requirement. Because of the live working environment, various contractors still building the extension, racking being installed and the requirement to situate the solution on a mezzanine floor, a ready-built solution was not feasible.


Client testimonial:
“After consulting with various suppliers, Chemstore was the only company who could provide us with the required solution. They designed a purpose built flat packed unit that could be shipped to us in pieces. This enabled the unit to be lifted up onto our mezzanine floor and assembled in situ. The unit is fitted with extraction and lighting. The end result is that we now have a purpose built Flammable liquid store incorporated into our pick routes which enables us to pick and store these flammables in the most efficient way. From initial consultations through to delivery, installation, testing and sign off, I could not of been more happy with the way in which the whole project went. The project was agreed, delivered and installed exactly as planned and I would not hesitate in recommending Chemstore for their excellent service they have provided to us.” Mat Mitchell, warehouse and distribution manager, Technology Supplies


Our solution

After initial meetings on site between Chemstore’s site engineer and Technology Supplies’ warehouse and distribution manager, specification ideas for a fully bespoke solution to the flammable storage requirements were drafted over a number of months. Chemstore designed a solution to the issues highlighted above by developing a ‘Flat pack firevault’ which could be delivered to site in palletised form and assembled by a team of fabricators on site in just three days. The firevault is constructed with a certified two-hour fire rating as specified by the client company insurers and health and safety consultants. The unit was also specified with ATEX rated lighting and air extraction.

Store specification:

5M x 4M flat pack firevault

Overall Dimensions: 5000L x 4000W x 2600H mm.

Storage: Open plan Internal (as requested) with client’s option to fit existing racking on site.

The images show the unit being pre-fabricated in the Chemstore manufacturing facility. Images then illustrate the assembly of the custom flat pack FireVault in the clients purpose built warehouse in Shrewsbury.

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