During the decision process, the designs, innovations and overall cost of the project put forward by Nexus, ensured that we chose them.
Martech UK are one of the leading designers and manufacturers of LED lighting in the country and have been supplying high quality luminaires to OEM’s for over 20 years. From humble beginnings in 1996, Martech’s clientele has grown to include the majority of the biggest names in the lighting industry.
Martech had occupied their current premises for a while but were beginning to outgrow their surroundings due to the expansion of their business. More and more clients had put a strain on their operations and in turn their available storage space. Logistically, they were beginning to struggle with satisfying their clients orders and maintaining their high level of customer service.
Luckily our sales representative, Cliff Law was making a leaflet drop in the area and called into Martech. Mike Coult, the Operations Director at Martech was on the cusp of searching for fit out contractors so he immediately called Cliff in for talks.
Check out our video case study for this project, featuring Operations Director Mike Coult and his thoughts on working with Nexus.
The search for a solution
Martech were increasing their turnover, but were running out of space to actually build and manufacture the orders for their clients. They also required an extension to their first floor office space to allow them to expand their office team and also storage space to accommodate the increase in orders.
Martech were originally considering project managing the build themselves and sub-contracting each element of the project. Luckily we called in at the right time, because after discussions began, Mike and the other Directors soon realised that would have been a costly route to go down. Not only in a monetary sense but also because Martech would have been acting as a Principal Contractor, meaning if there were any accidents on site, they would have been liable.
They were also impressed by the fact that Nexus could not only implement the solution that they required, but would also survey the building and design the new space completely. This is exactly what Martech required, a company that would understand their business and be able to implement the correct solution for their requirements.
After initial discussion between Cliff and Martech, they invited us back in again to discuss their requirements further. They soon realised that a mezzanine floor based solution, was ideal for their needs. For not only their office requirements but also their need for more storage space.
In order for Nexus to design a space that works for Martech, we needed to visit site to conduct a survey of not only the building itself, but also to evaluate Martech’s work practices and the flow of their business operations.
After discovering how the business works, we got to work creating the initial designs of the new space, which were delivered within one week and we then provided them with budget costs within ten days.
The proposals included all aspects of the office and storage mezzanine floor project, with the quote presented in a ‘shopping list’ style, allowing Martech’s directors to see where each cost lies. It was then a joint effort to refine the designs and material specifications until Martech had a design and quotation that suited their requirements and budget.
We were then selected by Martech to provide them with the full turn-key office mezzanine floor solution, with the storage mezzanine floor to follow at a later date.
The project included the design and installation of a 324 square metre office mezzanine floor that adjoined to their current first floor office space. Martech required this due to the expansion of their business and in turn the hiring of more employees.
The office facilities included an open plan space for the majority of their office staff, modern canteen facilities, technical rooms, a product display wall and a breakout area which included a pool table for their employees to relax.
We also installed floor to ceiling glass partitioning to create Martech’s numerous manager offices and we provided them with a furniture layout which complemented our design, which Martech were very happy with.
The office mezzanine floor was being built over their existing production area, so we had to ensure that production was not disrupted. Mike Coult, Operations Director for Martech was very happy that disruption was kept to a minimum.
We also extended their existing production area and installed LED lighting within suspended ceilings below the mezzanine to ensure they had the light to operate. The new production area was designed in such a way to allow free flowing access to and from the warehouse for their lean manufacturing process.
The new storage mezzanine floor facilities followed this, the 228 square metre mezzanine has been designed in such a way that if they should need it, it can be converted into office space in the future.
Nexus acted as the principal contractor throughout the project and completed the project to a strict deadline. We implemented each and every aspect of the project, from partitioning and furniture through to all electrical and air conditioning requirements.
We also ensured that all building regulations were adhered to and made sure the health and safety of everyone on site and the employees of Martech were taken care of.
The new premises have allowed Martech to grow their business even further and grow their clientele base. The expansion of their facilities have allowed them to produce more products to meet their clients orders.
Martech’s Operations Director, Mike Coult commented that
‘Without a shadow of doubt, the continued growth of Martech is partly attributed to the work carried out by Nexus. It has allowed us to keep pace with customer demand and given us time to plan for the future’.
We would like to thank Martech for the opportunity to work with them on an exciting project and be able to provide them with a facility that helps them to grow even further. We wish them all the best for the future.
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