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Stair factory steps up with £1.3m change to storage

Richard Blount at the new self-storage site in RotherhamA self-storage company based in Derby has opened its seventh depot, expanding over the county boundary into Yorkshire.

BE Webbe has opened its latest facility – at a cost of £1.3m – in Rotherham.

The company, based on Mansfield Road, Derby, bought the Woodlands Works, on Mangham Road, Rotherham, in December, from a staircase maker which relocated to bigger premises.

It paid £1m for the premises and has since spent £300,000 fitting it out.

The company will operate from Unit One, and has created 20,000sq ft of storage space, comprising 105 individual units ranging in size from 15sq ft to 170sq ft.

Phase Two, which is planned to operate in April next year, will double the storage space available.

The building works consisted of demolishing the offices and other facilities, replacing mezzanine floors and building new offices, facilities and reception area together with toilets and loading bays.

Director Richard Blount said: “There is a definite need for such a self-storage facility in the Rotherham area.

“We are catering for anybody who has anything to store, whether its personal and home effects, business or archive items.”

This is the first time that the BE Webbe Group has extended its operations into Yorkshire since it ran SB Hogg Removals in the 1980s.

“We are looking to open more self-storage facilities there in due course,” added Richard.

BE Webbe has two self-storage facilities in Derby and others at Burton, Long Eaton, Nottingham, and Sutton-in-Ashfield.