The Records Management Store of North Ayrshire Council has been based for many years in Perceton House, Irvine. Over this time as the number of records stored increased, so did the amount of shelving required. This eventually led to the Records Store covering 3 separate buildings, none of which were really meant for this purpose.
The existing buildings had been outgrown with restrictive access and less than ideal for storing valuable and important records. Staff had to venture outside to access the stores in all weathers. A suitable building was located in Irvine that would offer the staff a secure modern office with reading rooms and a single storage area all under one roof.
The project involved dismantling existing mobile shelving which the council had for many years and integrating it with a new storage solution. As the existing system was fully relocatable, this was an easy procedure.
The new store achieves 3,350 linear metres of storage accommodating 10,000+ archive boxes which will allow the Records Service additional capacity to expand going forward. The layout of the store provides the staff with uninterrupted access to boxes with faster retrieval times, increasing the efficiency all round.