Stuart canvas has completed the supply and installation of a retractable storage tunnel for Nichol Hughes Foodservice Ltd based in Chester. The tunnel was required to store products and trolleys used in the loading and unloading process at the warehouse facility and was produced in a neutral grey PVC to match the building.
Previously the lack of space meant that products had to be picked and stored within the warehouse in preparation for dispatch. As a result, vital space within the warehouse was being taken up, and this in turn restricted other processes.
Stuart canvas was tasked with designing a user friendly storage solution that would not obstruct the deliveries and collections during their busy mornings and afternoons. The client required a solution to provide adequate storage space outside without their restricting this access.
One of the main challenges within this project was the short timescale involved and the fact that lighting was required inside the tunnel. Another challenge was the large width of the tunnel required, measuring at 11.7m wide, this truly required a bespoke solution.
How the Product Helped
The tunnel was designed with fixings on the steelwork to accommodate lighting. The cover was also designed to allow natural light through using Clear PVC panels on the roof section. This allowed the client to create additional space for picking and loading products inside. The tunnel was also designed to be retracted back against a wall when not in use for flexibility.
Results, Return on Investment and Future Plans
‘The additional work space the tunnel created has proven to improve the loading and unloading process, and allowed improved product categorising. As a result of this we have improved our efficiency as the additional space and functionality of the tunnel has reduced the time involved with the deliveries and collections at the warehouse.”
David Hughes – Managing Director, Nicol Hughes Foodservice Ltd