We chose Nexus because they gave us the best advice and the most competitive price for achieving what we wanted to out of the space we had.
When they were established in 1998, Graphics Direct’s aim was to offer students access to quality brand name products at affordable prices. However as their company and reputation has grown, their customer base has diversified and they now supply a growing list of universities and major companies with their graphics requirements.
Due to this growth, Graphics Direct needed to relocate to a new premises and they identified one in Tockwith, Harrogate. However this new premises required a fit out as the warehouse was an empty shell and Graphics Direct needed both storage and office space.
Here’s our video case study for the project featuring Managing Director Chris Booth sharing his thoughts on the new facilities and working with Nexus.
The search for a solution
Therefore they had to search for a fit out contractor that could fit out their new premises to their requirements. They had researched the possibility of implementing office space into their new warehouse, but hadn’t considered a mezzanine floor option.
So the next step for them was to find a contractor that could design their new storage and office space and ensure that they maximised their available space.
After a search online, Chris the Managing Director at Graphics Direct came across Nexus and was impressed by our portfolio of work and the companies that we had previously worked with, so decided to invite us in to discuss their requirements.
We visited Graphics Direct new warehouse premises along with Graphics Direct’s Managing Directors Chris and Paul to survey the premises and talk through what they wanted to achieve in the new space.
Once we got talking, we suggested a mezzanine floor solution and they were immediately impressed with the idea and the possibilities they were now presented with. They realised that they now had even more space to work with within their warehouse. After we had worked together to come up with a solution that we both believed would work, we returned to the office to draw up their designs.
Once they were complete, we returned to Chris and Paul to discuss our designs and deliver our budget quote. After short discussions they commissioned Nexus to carry out the storage and office mezzanine floor project for them.
The proposals for Graphics Direct included a small mezzanine floor, which featured both storage space for their products and office space for their employees. The office space included a directors office which is shared by both Chris and Paul and also includes a meeting area for client visits. A kitchen and break out area for Graphics Direct’s employees and a small open plan office for their orders team.
The storage space on top of the mezzanine allows them to store more products within their facility, ensuring that they can meet their clients orders. They have over 2000 products in stock at any one time, so they required this extra space to ensure a quick turnaround for their customers when they place an order.
Underneath the mezzanine, we designed and supplied a new racking system which helps to make it easier for Graphics Direct’s employees to find the products that they need when an order comes in.
We also installed tea making facilities for the warehouse staff and a packing and franking bay with bespoke furniture made for this purpose. We also created other items of bespoke furniture throughout the warehouse to help them with their business operations.
The project included the installation of the mezzanine floor and all racking and office facilities including the furniture, lighting, partitioning and all electrical and plumbing requirements.
Chris Booth, Managing Director at Graphics Direct stressed the importance of choosing the right fit out contractor
‘They made sure the health and safety and all the building regulations were up to scratch, they’ve always come up with a great price and been very competitive, so I can’t really thank them enough for giving us an area that we can work from, that is comfortable and actually gives us the opportunity to develop the business’.
We’d like to thank both Chris and Paul for giving us the opportunity to work with them and we wish all of Graphics Direct the very best with growing their business in the future.
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