Kent County Council’s initiative, the ‘New Ways of Working’, was set up to increase the efficiency of the Council’s estate portfolio and enable agile working practices. Key to the West Kent phase was the closure of the Commercial Services facility in Kings Hill and the relocation of teams. One of these teams included the Libraries, Registration and Archives (LRA) service, which required a bespoke solution.
The proposed new home for the LRA service, a warehouse unit in Quarrywood Industrial Space, had a significantly smaller footprint, to help meet the Council’s cost saving targets. As a result, Guy Mayhew, New Ways of Working Project Manager, was looking for an innovative, space-saving solution to accommodate all the stock in a much smaller area.
“The function of the LRA store is to carry the reserve stock for libraries, Bookstart, records management service secure store, storage for music and drama sets, and so on,” said Guy. “We needed 3,000 linear metres of storage space.”