A self-storage facility has opened in the Sherwood area of Nottingham as part of a £1.3m investment in the city.
BE Webbe’s premises at Hartley House on Hucknall Road are the second in Nottinghamshire, the first being one at Coxmoor Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield, which opened in September 2011.
The company has four other self-storage facilities – one in Derby at its headquarters on Mansfield Road, another at Alfreton Road in the city, one at Wilsthorpe Road, Long Eaton, and another at Wetmore Road industrial estate, Burton.
The Nottingham site is a five-floor building which BE Webbe bought last year for £1m. It is in a mixed business and residential area.
The self-storage facilities have opened in 18,000 sq ft of space on the ground floor of the building, which started as a print tape factory in 1954 and was latterly used as a business centre.
Works to convert the premises cost £250,000 to fit-out into 150 storage units, a reception and office plus new electrical fittings, an enhanced loading bay and yard, plus re-decoration.
A second phase to create another 150 storage units in 18,000 sq ft on another floor will be completed by August at a further cost of £100,000.
The self-storage facilities include rooms varying in size from a telephone box to a double garage, and can be used to house anything from furniture and personal items to archives for households or businesses over either a short-term or long period.
BE Webbe director Richard Blount said: “We are delighted to have opened this facility in Nottingham. We have had our eye on opening a facility in the city for some time, but wanted to make sure we obtained the right site.
“We chose this area of north Nottingham because we saw a gap in the provision of self-storage premises.
“The site at Sutton-in-Ashfield is doing so well and we are looking to acquire nearby land to extend the facility there to meet demand.”
The Sherwood facility will be open during normal working hours seven days a week.
Other floors in the building will remain a business centre with various tenants using workshops. These include artist Emma Ball, whose watercolours are used on a variety of products.
The Sherwood project has created two jobs. Each phase of work was done or will be done by Derby-based Ivygrove Developments, an associate company of BE Webbe.