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System Store Solutions Provides Cutting Edge Storage for the Francis Crick Institute
The Client:

Founded by six of the UK’s most successful scientific and academic organisations, the Francis Crick Institute is a biomedical discovery institute dedicated to understanding the fundamental biology underlying human health and illness. Working to understand why disease develops, the Crick aims to discover new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, strokes, infections, and neurodegenerative diseases. A flagship for UK biomedical science, the new building located in London sits amid a unique cluster of scientific skill, leading hospitals and some of the world’s top universities. Once the largest single-building construction project in Europe, the one million square foot facility consists of 1500 rooms and four floors of laboratories.

The Project:

Having conducted a rigorous tender process at the end of 2015, the Francis Crick Institute awarded System Store Solutions a multi-thousand pound contract in February 2016. Installation of our Fami products began in May and the £650 million facility was opened by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in November.

‘We chose System Store Solutions to be our storage racking provider after conducting an extremely rigorous tender exercise. The Francis Crick Institute, the largest biomedical research facility under one roof in Europe, has a diverse range of storage requirements. System Store Solutions were friendly, efficient, knowledgeable and responsive throughout the delivery of a very complex racking project.’ – Guy Hallifax, Project Engineer

Fulfilling a diverse range of needs and adhering to a detailed list of requirements including adaptability, chemical resistance and ease of cleaning, we provided complex storage solutions in 36 rooms, equipping key areas such as the Biological Research Facility, Tissue Culture Laboratories, and the Chemical & Radioactive Stores.

Storage Products:

Fami FST adjustable shelving systems

Mobile and static cupboards

Work benches with perforated back panels

Retractable vices

After a five-week mid-season break, Andrew Jordan and Pirtek Racing will head east to the Snetterton circuit in Norfolk (2/3 August) to continue their title challenge as rounds 16, 17 and 18 start the second half of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.

Snetterton is traditionally the kick-off point for part two of the BTCC season and there is every reason to expect a hot weekend at the East Anglian track, in terms of both weather and on-track action. After a tough weekend at Oulton Park, Andrew and the Pirtek Racing Honda Civic came back strongly at Croft in late June and won the third race of the day to slot into third place in the overall title race behind Colin Turkington (BMW) and Gordon Shedden (Honda).

However, Andrew heads to Snetterton with a question mark over where he will start on the grid. At Croft, following an incident with Fabrizio Giovanardi, he was awarded a 10-place grid penalty for the opening Snetterton race. The Pirtek team duly appealed the penalty, believing that in-car data supported Andrew’s view that Giovanardi had slowed unexpectedly. The championship stewards will meet on Friday at Snetterton to review the appeal.

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“A lot depends on the grid penalty,” said Andrew. “But it doesn’t change our approach to the weekend. We have done some testing during the break and found some improvements, so I’m very happy with that. Now, the championship is all about consistency. We’re only five points off our 2013 score at this point of the season. I’m really looking forward to going racing again. Our car is very good on the tyres, so we’ll be in good shape if the weather stays hot.”

After qualifying on Saturday 2 August at 1520, the first of three BTCC races will be at 12.00 on Sunday, with race two at 14.35 and race three at 16.55. All three races will be broadcast live on ITV4. Qualifying will be broadcast live at www.itv.com and live results from the weekend will be available at www.tsl-timing.com

After Catching up with Customers DK Engineering at the Silverstone Classic we Found they had Been Featured in the Sunday Times.

Having restored or fitted new workshop facilities to our customers premises we are always keen to see how they get on in the months and years afterwards. One of the biggest success stories is DK Engineering, and when were delighted to hear their news when we caught up with them at the Silverstone Classic, where they had a number of cars out on the track.

In a recent feature, DK Engineering was found to be ranked 42 in the Sunday Times International Track 200. This is the fifth year of The Sunday Times international Track 200, the league table of Britain’s private companies with the fastest growing international sales which ranks companies based on their growth in international sales over the last two years of available data.

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Companies on the table include folding bike manufacturer Brompton Bicycle (No 135), fashion retailer LK Bennett (No 74), bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis (No 31) and Ferrari restorer DK Engineering (No 42), whose celebrity clientele includes Ralph Lauren and Eric Clapton.”

This accolade goes to show that whilst the UK still remains DK Engineering’s core market they serve clients from around the world.

View the Full Sunday Times Supplement: http://www.fasttrack.co.uk/fasttrack/downloads/IntTrack200.pdf

Our congratulations go out to them and we now eagerly await next year’s Track 200, as we are sure they will have risen in the ranks as one of Britain’s best growing companies.

Very understandably, for any company who supplies to defence sector contracts it has become more and more critical to show valid evidence of good business conduct and, in particular in the provision of Health and Safety practises. To continue to be able to supply to BAE Systems System Store Solutions applied for the CHAS accreditation, as they are the market leaders for health and safety pre-qualifications accepted by defence contracts. The assessment process is very tough with extremely high standards expected across the board and we at System Store Solutions are delighted to announce that CHAS has now awarded us their accreditation.

 With over 500 public and private sector buyer organisations, such as defence, NHS trusts and councils by being CHAS accredited means that System Store Solutions can show compliance with all aspects of Health and Safety law required by these organisations.

CHAS has two main stages for assessing if System Store Solutions passed as competent in H&S company practise:

  1. Firstly the company must show they have the ability, experience and resources to carry out the specific work they apply to do. So, there are precise method statements and specific risk assessments which cover the work applied for. To assess this CHAS looked at previous work undertaken by System Store Solutions and checked all documentation, as well as checking that the team were competently trained in all aspects of the project.
  2. Secondly, CHAS monitored System Store Solutions on a current project to ensure the work was carried out safely, carrying out the method statements properly, had all the right resources, liaised properly and managed the site effectively and provided enough supervision.

“I never doubted that we would be awarded the CHAS accreditation as we have set System Store Solutions up to be exemplary across all sectors of the business, but it is still very pleasing to see our hard work being recognised by a market leader in Health and Safety practise” commented David Price, MD of System Store Solutions on hearing the news.

SYSTEM STORE SOLUTIONS CUSTOMER JOTA SPORT TAKE A SUPERB LE MANS 24 HOUR RACE VICTORY
SYSTEM STORE SOLUTIONS CUSTOMER JOTA SPORT TAKE A SUPERB LE MANS 24 HOUR RACE VICTORY

Simon Dolan, Harry Tincknell & Oliver Turvey win LM P2 class in world-famous sportscar endurance race

System Store Solutions has provided JOTA Sport with the perfect workshop solutions for a number of years now and so we were delighted when the prestigious team claimed a magnificent class victory in what many feel is the most famous race in the world, the Le Mans 24 hrs. And, even more impressive, was that the team also secured a 5th overall place. Over the years we have completely re-designed their race bays, workshops workstations to ensure they have the most efficient, clean and ergonomic environment to work in – and it seems it has paid off for the team, so we join everyone is sending across sour congratulations for a very well deserved win.

The Jota Sport’s Race – Simon Dolan, Harry Tincknell and Oliver Turvey steered their JOTA Sport Zytek Z11SN to LM P2 category honours in the 82nd running of the gruelling sportscar endurance race in France, with the drivers sharing the time in the car. In all the Dolan, Tincknell/Turvey Zytek clocked up 356-laps equating to 3,016-miles at an average speed of 125.14mph and finished one lap ahead of their nearest rivals.

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It was Harry Tincknell who started the race from second in class on Saturday afternoon thanks to his stunning qualifying performance on Thursday evening – the Le Mans debutant deprived of the class pole position by a mere 0.065secs.  All three British drivers drove faultless and consistently fast laps during their stints behind the wheel of the British-built Zytek sportscar running on Dunlop tyres.

The only unscheduled pit-stop occurred early in the race to repair some bodywork costing the team seven-minutes. Oliver Turvey had only flown out to join the team on Thursday morning after a last minute call-up after Marc Gené, Audi Sport’s “reserve” driver who had been loaned to JOTA, was recalled by the German team. Oliver had not sat in the JOTA Zytek since last September and so the Le Mans 24hr race was his first time in the car all year. .

JOTA Sport’s next race is the third round of the European Le Mans Series at the Red Bull Ring on 20 July. Dolan, Tincknell and Filipe Albuquerque (P) plus JOTA Sport are placed second in the Drivers’ and Team’s standings going into the four hour race in Austria.

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Simon Dolan commented after the race-  “I can’t put my feelings into words – it’s like I am going to wake up from an incredible dream. I never thought it was possible to come back after our dramas with the bodywork early on. Harry did an amazing job on his Le Mans debut and the team is delighted with his pace, consistency and maturity. Meanwhile considering Oliver’s last minute call-up, he drove absolutely brilliantly for us. I am also happy with the way I drove with no real errors. I think it is the first Le Mans that I have done where I have really enjoyed driving and that was a nice feeling to actually go out and have fun. To finish fifth overall at Le Mans is something I’d never contemplated – I’m stunned.”

Harry Tincknell  “I drove my heart out and gave it my all –absolutely everything, especially in my quadruple stint on Sunday. Everything just flowed as a combination of 15 years of racing all for this one magical moment. To win at Le Mans on my debut is the biggest moment in my career to date and is a reward for every day I train in the gym – I can’t believe it, it’s always been a dream. Twelve months ago I was watching my mentor Allan McNish winning at Le Mans on television. The weather conditions were really bad during the opening three hours and we were well down the leaderboard. But the team’s strategy was to being around at the end of the race and not to be too aggressive with the car and we proved it to be the correct strategy.”

Oliver Turvey  “It’s been a crazy few days! To get a call from JOTA Sport at the last minute to come over to Le Mans on Thursday and race has been unreal. The team did a great job while Harry and Simon both drove brilliantly especially in getting the car set up so well for the race. The car was great from start to finish. We had a difficult start when the rain came and we had the problem with the bodywork but we didn’t let it get us down. We pushed very hard through the night and kept chasing down the leaders on Sunday morning. I really thought it was going to be tricky to even get back on to the podium, let alone win, but Sam Hignett just told us all ‘to go for it. Like Simon and Harry, I pushed as hard as I could. I was in the car at the end and it was quite nerve-wracking. But I love leading and once I was in that position I wasn’t about to let it go. It is my first race of the year and only my second Le Mans – it’s unreal – but I’m just so happy for the JOTA team.”

Sam Hignett. Partner, JOTA Group: “Winning Le Mans is what we founded JOTA Sport for in many respects – it was my dream, my ambition, and winning an event of this calibre is what the business is based and focussed towards. To win Le Mans is a really big achievement for what is in affect a small team. All three drivers did a fantastic job and followed our instructions to keep off the kerbs to stop the potential of causing suspension problems. I felt confident that if we got out into the lead after our final pit-stop the race was ours and that’s how it turned out thanks to great work by the crew who have all worked tirelessly leading up to this year’s race. We lost two laps early on with a bodywork issue that required the car going into the garage for a few minutes to make repairs. Additionally a little time was lost when we put Oliver out on ‘intermediates’ as opposed to ‘wets’ on Saturday afternoon and the track dried faster than we’d anticipated so we lost time and Simon.

From 5th – 7th June 2014, System Store Solutions joined Italian storage giant Fami and its worldwide distributors in celebrating its 85th year in the storage industry.

This year marks the 85th anniversary of the birth of Fami and the organizational machinery was set in motion to celebrate the historic event. The intention is to honor the history of Fami, using the opportunity to highlight the importance of the link between past and present, and the effort made by those who have had a significant role in the creation and development the group, and for those of the future generations.

Eighty-five years of history have many stories to tell: a history of projects and initiatives that have merged harmoniously and the motivations and feelings of identity with the company.  Decades of wonderful history, growth and development that have seen the faces and voices accompany this process.  The goal is to strengthen the bonds of our team with a strong sense of belonging by investing in training in all of our areas.

The headquarters of Rosa has dedicated the year to commemorate 1929, when its founder Mario Milani began manufacturing steel products in a small workshop located in Bassano del Grappa and the events that led to the beginning of today’s industry.  Today, Fami has 400 employees working in diverse production divisions over an area of 230 thousand square meters and six subsidiaries abroad (Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Austria, China, and Argentina).  Fami would like to recognize all of our authorized distributors around the world, dedicating a gathering that will take place in June, for two days, during which we will be remembering the past and Fami will discuss the future path together.

Conceived for the occasion, the commemorative logo marks a great journey but especially passing the baton to the future, at this important moment that we are experiencing.  The celebration of the 85th anniversary is an opportunity to reaffirm our role as a tenacious leader and vital organization that promotes and produces wealth for its own territory and abroad.

A year in which the strings of the values of community, a sense of belonging, the pride of family first, and later as a team, vibrate, with the objective towards productivity and success. This is the sense of the celebration, simple, yet striking and organized in detail.

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Videos

Below you can watch two videos created as part of the Fami 85 celebrations. To watch the videos, please click on the thumbnail images below:

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Gallery

Below you will find a selection of images taken over the three day period. For a larger view, please click on the thumbnails below.

SEMA is the British Trade Association of the Storage Equipment Industry and is an organisation committed to promoting and extending the safe design, installation and use of storage equipment manufactured and supplied by its members. The Code of Practise from SEMA covers all aspects of our business and gives guidelines which they assess in yearly audits to see whether their members conform to their guidelines.

Every Member of SEMA has achieved or is committed to achieving certification to BS EN ISO 9000 in interface with a Quality Assessment Schedule (QAS 2000) dealing with the specific requirements of design, manufacture and installation of the principal products supplied by the Association Members.

QAS 2000, developed in conjunction with BSI and other leading authorities and organisations from the storage industry (including designers, manufacturers, distributors and regulatory bodies), specifies the relevant codes of practice and standards for the industry.

The documentation and regular assessment required for compliance with QAS 2000 assures the provision of a quality product or system designed, produced and delivered in a systematic and well-managed way.

Benefits to the customer are:

  • Quality storage equipment products and systems that meet customers’ requirements.
  • Products designed and tested to recognised and approved standards.
  • Consistent level of product quality and supply.
  • Storage products designed, manufactured and installed in accordance with recognised safety standards.
  • Products designed, manufactured. and installed in accordance with a system that is subject to a third party assessment.
  • Increased customer/operator confidence in products/systems supplied.

Here at System Store Solutions we are have always taken exceptional care of every area of our business, and can proudly say, we deliver the very best to our customers in all areas stated in the QAS2000. So we were delighted when SEMA came to our offices to conduct their first year audit and gave us a glowing audit report.

Although we were completely confidant of the result it is always nice to have that confidence affirmed by our industry’s own trade association’s assessment body.

Download our certification

To download a copy of our SEMA certification, click on the link below:

Having given Greaves Motorsport a workshop make over before the season start the team at System Store has been keen to see the progress of Greaves Motorsport as they start their campaigns in the ELMS (European Le Mans Series)

Official Test for the 2014 ELMS was held at the Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet at the beginning of April, and we were delighted to see that Greaves Motorsport was able to complete a very successful programme of tests on their Nissan powered Zytek car.

Tom Kimber-Smith posted the second fastest time on day two with a lap time of 1:49.452. This bodes well for the season as traditionally the Le Castellet track is not favourable to the Nissan powered Zytek chassis that is run by the team. Joining Tom was 2013 Greaves Motorsport driver and former ALMS Champion, Chris Dyson. Third seat in the car was occupied by fellow American, Matt McMurry, who was making his European sportscar debut.

Matt also drove the sister car to give him maximum seat time and his performance in both cars reflected his potential. After the two days of testing, Jacob Greaves the team’s boss, implied that an announcement about Matt McMurry’s possible future programme with the team will be made in the not too distant future.

Also making their first appearance with the team were 2012 Radical Endurance Champions, Tony Wells and James Littlejohn, and the pair turned in a competitive performance over the two days of testing. Assisting them in the second Zytek car was leading GP2 driver, Jon Lancaster, who helped to set a baseline for the car’s setup.

The team open their 2014 race campaign at Silverstone with the first round of the 2014 European Le Mans Series, and we wish the team luck and a successful campaign.

The Dunlop British Touring Car Championship is always an exciting and gripping championship, full of larger than life characters and plenty of drama. As motorsport fans the System Store Solutions team have followed the championship closely for many years now.

Over this winter we found ourselves supplying specialised kit to both the 2013 BTCC champion, Andrew Jordan’s team, Eurotech Racing, and Race Tec, the E-Bay Motors team, comprising of Colin Turkington, Rob Collard and Nick Foster. So when the season started at Brands Hatch at the beginning of April we were glued to the TV, to watch how the guys faired.

The first race definitely owned by Andrew Jordan, who led convincingly, leaving the offs, and battles behind him. Race two saw another convincing win from the champion. Then the reverse field was implemented and Andrew found himself stuck in the mid field, fighting his way through the ranks to contest for the front. But the System Store Solutions team were concentrating on the front, with not just one of the E-Bay guys leading, but all three, and they were most assuredly determined to be the one who should be at the front. So it was bumper to bumper round each bend with a precision that ensured they were not taken out.

So, the first weekend of the Dunlop BTCC gave the System Store Solutions team a fabulous finish with a customer winning each of the three races. We with both Andrew Jordan and Mark Wood, Team Manager and owner of Race-Tec congratulations and we are really looking forward to the next weekend, at Donnington over the Easter weekend.