Dexion’s ability to provide a totally ­managed solution to the fitting out of ­Sert-MST PLC’s new warehouse in Swadlincote, Derbyshire has enabled the company’s management to focus on its core business. Dexion fitted out the wholesale distribution company’s warehouse with its Silverline pallet racking.

To start, Dexion’s design team developed ways of maximising the 21,300 square metre facility. This involved installing a six-metre high mezzanine floor along one side of the warehouse, which is sufficiently elevated to enable forklift trucks to safely operate beneath. On the mezzanine Dexion erected shelving to create a hand-picking area for small and valuable items, with security fencing and gating around each stairwell. Two offices were built within the warehouse to control movement of goods in and out.

Safety in the warehouse was a prerequisite to the design. A total of 12 forklift trucks were purchased from Linde and supplied with preset height indicators and cameras to assist the drivers with picking, while a high drive through tunnel, running through the middle of the warehouse helps minimise forklift truck damage from their raised masts.

To house the diverse range of products, which includes toiletries, pre-bottled water and other non-perishable items, Dexion specified its P90 Silverline galvanised pallet racking along with its metal end run protection. The design of the P90 Silverline galvanised beams ensures pallets are correctly stacked away from the upright frames and ensures the warehouse always looks bright and clean.

Comprising 55 runs and six pallet locations high, the system provides just over 23,700 pallet locations. All the pallet locations have been designed so that two pallets can be accommodated in each bay, including bottled water where each pallet weighs 1,150kg.

“Dexion was appointed on its designs and competitive pricing. They worked with us during negotiations for our new warehouse so that they were able to start work a week after we signed contracts,” says Sabir Tayub, managing director of Sert-MST PLC.

“Dexion took over the whole project from beginning to end, allowing me to concentrate on running the business.

“I am pleased I did not choose a painted beam as the P90 Silverline beam is easily discernible against the pallets, aesthetically pleasing and provides a clean and modern environment. Dexion provided excellent project management and each phase of the construction was handed over smoothly and on time,” he concludes.