Cornwall LivingIssue #125

Safe and secure

Storage worries are a thing of the past, as a new state-of-the-art self-store facility opens in Falmouth.

Have you outgrown your garage? Does your shed feel like it’s bursting at the seams? Do you have a growing business that is struggling for stock space? Storage can be a problem both at home and at work and there’s nothing worse than not having space to keep treasured possessions safe and secure. Luckily, the team at Britannia Lanes has come up with an innovative and ground-breaking solution to solve all your storage needs right here in Cornwall!

This long-standing Cornish go-to brand for removals and storage has just announced that it will be opening its first pioneer un-manned self-store site in Falmouth in September this year, as Sarah explains: “This will be the first of its kind in the Duchy. Customers will be able to just turn up and choose the size of room required. They will be able to complete a digital contract on a machine that will then give an access code into the facility.” This ease of access will be revolutionary for the people of Cornwall. Many people don’t realise that using a self-storage unit can be much more cost effective than other options. For homeowners, it’s considerably cheaper than buying a bigger property, especially if you only have a few pieces to store. Business owners can save too by not having to rent extra warehouse space, and with the advantage of short-term contracts this
can give additional finacial flexibility within your business.

Full renovations of the preceding facility on Bickland Water Road have taken over a year but, as we go to press, they are now due to complete in a matter of weeks. The Lane family has been excitedly working on this new project which they hope will be the first of many ‘satellite’ self-store facilities across the south west and how they see their business growing for the next generations to come. 

After becoming the first self-store facility in Cornwall back in 2000, Britannia Lanes are keeping their fingers firmly on the pulse of the self-storage industry and will become one of the first entirely un-manned indoor facilities in the UK. The 24-hour facility has a bespoke self-check-in pod where customers can choose, book and check in to their units. Gone are the days of padlocks and losing your keys – access to the units is achieved via an app on your phone. 

The site was purchased in April, and since then the facility has undergone full renovations including a new roof, full re-clad and the installation of a state-of-the-art self-store fitout, allowing Britannia Lanes to utilise some of the newest and most innovative security technology available. The facility boasts 136 units ranging in size from 25sqft to 250sqft, meaning that whether you just want to store a few boxes and surfboards to make room in your garage or have a full house when moving, there is a unit size to suit everyone. 

The facility spans three floors and will even include a lift for both goods and passengers, making your self-storage needs easier to realise than ever before. The site will be truly revolutionary, incorporating the highest level of security to provide an unrivalled 24-hour service. 

Bringing its services well into the modern age, Britannia Lanes has spent decades getting to know its customers and what’s important to them. This includes the secure storage of their treasured family belongings, and the importance of ease of access. So, if you need self-storage, be sure to register your interest by sending the team an email; they are currently running a waiting list, and will be in touch soon with exact opening dates, unit sizes and availability, all of which will soon be pre-bookable.

Sarah adds: “The plan is, that this will be the first of many of these facilities across Cornwall. It’s important for us as a company, and for our customers, that we are agile and move with the times. We’re used to having peaks and troughs as our business obviously follows the, sometimes volatile, housing market. Our satellite storage will help manage this, both in terms of our business and our customer’s needs.” 

Britannia Lanes