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This week we started a brand new warehouse and office fit out project for the textiles firm, Laxtons at their new warehouse in Guiseley, West Yorkshire. 

Laxtons are one of the countries leading yarn manufacturers and have been manufacturing bespoke yarns in the UK since 1907. Due to continued growth, they have now invested in a brand new state of the art facility to grow the business even further. After a number of years, where they manufactured most of their products outside the UK, Laxtons have gone against the trend and brought all their production back to the United Kingdom.

The new industrial units on Baildon business park are built to a high standard, but like most industrial units, are sold as an ‘empty shell’, leaving potential tenants the challenge of finding a contractor to fit out the units to their requirements.

Due to a recommendation by West Yorkshire Glazing (a company that Nexus helped on the same industrial park, fitting out their unit) James contacted Nexus to help with their fit out requirements. 

David Newsome, Nexus’ Sales Director met with the Managing Director of Laxtons, James Laxton at their current manufacturing facility on Netherfield Road, Guiseley. During the visit, James explained their requirements for the new industrial unit. We gained a full understanding on how the company currently works and areas they are looking to improve on when they complete the move. It was important for us to fully understand how the company works before any design proposals were created. 

Although the initial enquiry was for Nexus to design and build a bespoke office block for the business’ office staff, it was clear from the offset that Laxtons’ requirements extended far further than just the office facilities. They required a complete warehouse fit out, including warehouse lighting, power for their machinery, alarm systems, warehouse floor painting, warehouse extraction units, alarm systems, mezzanine floors and storage solutions to name a few. 

Nexus explained the obligations to James regarding his responsibilities regarding CDM 2015 regulations (Heath and safety) and how the project required a ‘principal designer and principal contractor’ to allow a safe design and installation process to take place. You can find more information regarding CDM 2015 regulations here  

We also explained the importance of involving an approved building control inspector at an early stage to ensure all aspects of the project comply with UK building regulations. It’s also very important that the client and contractor meet with the local fire authority to ensure all elements of the project comply with regulations. 

As a turn key solutions provider, Nexus looked to design and implement all aspects of the project, taking on the roles of principal designer & contractor. A full evaluation took place of all the requirements of the project and design proposals were created on the back of this research.

After reviewing how the company already operated, an extensive design period took place to design the new facility. Nexus provided Laxtons with a proposal that included the layout of the brand new manufacturing facility as well as the design of a state of the art office space to house Laxtons office employees. This was presented like all our quotations are, in a thorough ‘shopping list’ style that allowed Laxtons to pinpoint where the costs of the project were and re-adjust budgets dependant on priorities for the site. 

The project is expected to last for twelve weeks, with the priority in the first month to install the warehouse lighting, power and two large storage mezzanine floors totalling 750 square metres. The mezzanine floors will allow Laxtons to store raw materials high above the shop floor. We are then creating a conveyor system to feed the machines below when required.

The mezzanine floors also offers future expansion space for the offices and have been designed to accommodate the storage and office space requirements. Once this part of the project has taken place it will allow the delivery of the first machines to take place and Nexus will move onto the construction of the office facilities. 

It’s an exciting project to be involved in, and we look forward to working closely with Laxtons over the coming months to help build them a new state of the art facility. 

Please check back regularly to see progress of the project, where we will be completing regular updates. We also have a time lapse camera installed which at the end of the project will show the full fit out from start to finish. 

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Zak Lewis

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