Bruynzeel UK’s New Storage Solution Frees-up Vital Study Space for Newcastle University Students

Swindon, United Kingdom (31st July, 2012) – Bruynzeel, a leading manufacturer of storage solutions for organisations in various sectors and industries, have provided Newcastle University’s Robinson Library with a new storage system.

In 2009, The Robinson Library was tasked with increasing its student study space by 20 per cent to meet the changing needs at Newcastle University. This required the relocation of 8,000 linear metres of books and journals from the Library to an offsite store.

With its existing warehouse filled to capacity, the Library’s only practical long-term option was to establish a new off-site Library Research Reserve. New premises were found in nearby Gateshead and were temporarily fitted with 2m high static shelving taken from the old warehouse.

The Library considered various options to achieve its required capacity, and a competitive tender to design, supply and install a complete shelving solution was issued. In particular, the Library specified the need to exploit the headroom of the warehouse to maximise the storage capacity of the building.

An 11-level high-rise Compactus® mobile shelving system from Bruynzeel was selected.

“What made the Compactus solution particularly attractive was its height combined with its stability,” explained stores manager, Christine Stevens.

The new shelving was installed on a rolling programme to allow the Library to empty and dismantle the static shelving just ahead of the build programme of the mobile systems. Running in parallel was the re-fit of the Robinson Library that increased study space to 300 workstations with new desks, furniture and computer systems.

By using the opportunity of the move to new premises to check stock, catalogue and re-organise systems, Library staff are now working even more productively.

“Despite the potential disruption, we were able to keep up with our normal delivery service levels throughout the duration of the project,” said Christine Stevens. “Stock is now really easy to retrieve, not only because it is better organised but also because the mobile shelves are more compact and even more accessible. This just wasn’t possible with static shelving.

“We now have a clean, efficient storage facility that will help preserve our stock as well as improving the service we can offer to students.”

For more information on Brunyzeel’s storage solutions, please visit their website at or call 0800 220 989.

About Bruynzeel:

Bruynzeel is a member of the Constructor Group UK Limited, and specialising in developing storage solutions for offices, archives, libraries and repositories at government institutions, museums, universities, libraries, financial organisations and healthcare organisations. Bruynzeel provides with Sysco shelving and cabinets and Compactus mobile shelving and mobile cabinets flexible and space saving filing and storage solutions: from simple to highly complex, for multinationals as well as local businesses.


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Murdock Road, Dorcan
Swindon, Wiltshire, UK
Zip: SN3 5HY

Tel: 0800 220 989


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