Getting to know you Craig Rumbold

As part of our new ‘Getting to Know’ series of blogs, we’re talking to key members of the Bruynzeel Storage team so you can get to know them a bit better. Today we are talking to Craig Rumbold the Project Account Manager South UK. Let’s meet Craig Describe your role...

Universities’ Smart Storage of the Future

With increased intake and greater competition for students, smart storage can give universities the edge when building or refurbishing their estate. Bruynzeel are a Dutch manufacturing company who design and install specialist storage systems – what we...

Squaring the Circle in Archive Repositories

For many people, part of the attraction of visiting an archive is the chance to see real, physical historic documents – especially ones that have family meaning or significance. I visited an archive recently on business and during an informal discussion with the...

Can Archivists Avoid Working at Height?

Looking through my back issues of ARC magazine (December 2016 ‘New Professionals’) I was immediately drawn to the wonderful illustration on the cover by Peter Morphew from the University of Glasgow Archive, reproduced here. This article is written by Rob Dakin. Rob is...

CILIP RBSCG Conference

The CILIP Rare Books and Special Collections Group Conference 2017, held at the University of Sussex, had ‘Collections at Risk’ as its theme. Over the course of the three-day conference we heard a fascinating selection of talks from people working with...

Inspiration for a new type of museum store

The Friesland Collections Centre – or “Kolleksjesintrum Fryslân” – houses the collections of five regional museums under one roof: the Friesland Museum; Tresoar (Friesian History and Literature Centre); Friesland Museum of Natural History; Friesian Maritime Museum;...

Visit us at Exponatec 2017

We believe there is a storage solution for each and every kind of collection. Whatever your requirements, we will find a suitable storage solution that guarantees safe, accessible storage for your unique collection. Visit our stand, have a cup of coffee...

Bruynzeel bursary for CILIP RBSCG Conference 2017

Bruynzeel Storage Systems is proud to announce it is offering a bursary for a student or a new or emerging practitioner to attend the CILIP Rare Books and Special Collections Conference, which takes place in Brighton from 6-8 September 2017. Entitled ‘Collections at...

Blueprint for a new kind of public library

The opening of The Word, the National Centre for the Written Word, was a welcome fillip to the UK public library sector after years of underinvestment. Is South Tyneside Council’s new cultural centre a sign of things to come? The Word opened to national acclaim in...

Bruynzeel Storage Systems’ Anna Skiba wins regional award

Bruynzeel Storage Systems’ Anna Skiba has won a regional award recognising the unsung heroes of local business. Technical designer Anna triumphed in the ‘Rising Star’ category at the BHBiz Awards, organised by the Burgess Hill Business Parks Association. Anna was...

National nuclear archive opens in Wick

A high-tech repository to hold the national archives of the civil nuclear industry has opened on the northern coast of Scotland. Designed by Edinburgh-based architects Reiach and Hall, the futuristic, shard-like building was constructed on the site of a former RAF...

Orgatec – new visions of work

ORGATEC, the leading international trade fair for modern work environments, opens its gates in Cologne, Germany, from 25-29 October. Over 50,000 visitors are expected to attend the biennial event. What can you expect? Explore what kind of office environments, work...

Oxford grad awarded Bruynzeel CILIP Bursary 2016

A 26-year-old Oxford graduate has been selected to receive the Bruynzeel CILIP bursary 2016 to attend this year’s Rare Books and Special Collections Conference.   Samantha Smart, who currently works as an archivist at the National Records of Scotland, graduated...

Special collections: engagement versus preservation

The CILIP Rare Books and Special Collections Group Conference 2017, held at the University of Sussex, had ‘Collections at Risk’ as its theme. Over the course of the three-day conference we heard a fascinating selection of talks from people working with rare books and...

Bruynzeel bursary for CILIP RBSCG Conference 2016

Bruynzeel Storage Systems is proud to announce it will once again be offering a bursary for a new or emerging practitioner to attend the CILIP Rare Books and Special Collections Conference, which this year takes place in Liverpool from 7-9 September. Entitled ‘A Rich...

BIM deadline day

From 4 April 2016, any firm wanting to be considered for large scale public sector construction work in the UK will need to be BIM level 2 compliant. This means that all project and asset information, documentation and data must be held in electronic form. Back in...

Why rented suits are the perfect fit for circular economy

Dutch manufacturing company Bruynzeel Storage Systems has a stated ambition to introduce the circular economy throughout its own services, factory and processes by 2020. But such significant change cannot happen overnight. In the meantime, Bruynzeel has been courting...

Museum storage seminar at the British Museum

The Museums Association is hosting a one-day museum storage seminar at the British Museum, London, on 17 March. Off the Shelf: Making Storage Work for You will explore some of the new and emerging approaches to designing and utilising museum stores. During the...

Prince William opens St John’s College Archive

The Duke of Cambridge has officially opened the new Archive Centre at St John’s College Cambridge on a return visit to the college. Prince William, who studied a 10-week course affiliated to St John’s last year, was invited back to tour the college’s new...

Thinking, doing and daring

Did you listen to what your mother told you?…. “Learn to think.” Your parents will have encouraged this in you from the day you were born. Learn from the world around you to solve the problems you face. And, after that, act. Take the necessary steps and finally,...

The seasonings for modern office design

You are sitting at your desk, staring at your computer screen. On the desk opposite a colleague is speaking on the phone with a customer. Next to you, close by, other colleagues are busy looking for a free desk space to work today. Concentration is almost impossible....

Join Bruynzeel Storage Systems at DCDC15

DCDC (Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities) is a collaborative conference hosted by The National Archives and RLUK. The conference takes place at the Lowry Centre in Manchester on 13-14 October. It explores inter-disciplinary, cross-sector approaches and...

What is it like to study as a disabled student?

What is it like to study as a disabled student at a UK university? Bruynzeel Storage Systems spoke to Fay Hart, 23, who spent four years studying at the University for the Creative Arts, where she completed her masters in Documentary Practice in 2014. Tell us how you...

Brighton archivist awarded Bruynzeel CILIP Bursary 2015

A 27-year-old Brighton archivist and librarian has been awarded the Bruynzeel CILIP Bursary 2015 to attend this year’s CILIP Rare Books and Special Collections Group Conference in London. Joanna Baines graduated from Sussex University in 2009 with a first class...

Young designers prepare for prize trip to Shanghai

Earlier this year, Bruynzeel Storage Systems staged an international competition to design the office storage system of the future. On Friday 3 July Roland van der Velden, Manager Innovation and Development at Bruynzeel Storage Systems, presented the prizes for the...

Future for museum storage collections

Is this the future for museum storage? Museum aan de Stroom’s open store combines high density double decker archive storage with access areas for the general public. Museum storage event Bruynzeel Storage Systems has joined forces with the Collections Trust to debate...

Guide to mobile storage systems

Mobile storage systems are a practical solution to allow the storage of large volumes of material in a limited amount of space. Also known as roller racking, mobile shelving, rolling stacks and book stacks, mobile storage systems have a history that dates back over 50...

The impact of LED lighting in mobile storage on energy costs

This article is written by Roland van der Velden, Innovation Manager, Bruynzeel Storage Group. Most parents teach their children to turn out the light in rooms when they leave it. On one hand to teach them not to waste energy but mainly to teach them not to waste any...

Personal experience with the New Way of Working

This article is written by Roy Janssen, former employee Bruynzeel Storage Systems. The new way of working is ‘hip and happening’. Half year ago, we tore down the walls in our head office and build an open office plan. In this article I’ll share my experiences after...

New vs. refurbished archive: Top 5 questions to ask

When your existing library or archive space no longer meets the requirements of the information service, or fails to meet the recommended conditions as set out by BS 4971:2017, it may be time to research new options for storing your collections. One of the first...

Stunning library at St Patrick’s College Dublin

A brand new library building opened this week at St Patrick’s College Dublin, in advance of a merger between two leading Irish colleges. St Patrick’s College Drumcondra, a teacher training college with strong ties to the Cathlolic Church dating back to 1875, had...

International Design Competition: Shaping The Office

What will the office of the future look like? Over the next three months, designers and architects will get the chance to answer that question by taking part in an innovative online design challenge: Shaping the Office. Bruynzeel Storage Systems has joined forces with...

Improving Academic Library Design

Canterbury Christ Church University’s impressive learning resource centre demonstrates how quality library design can improve student participation and development. Over the past decade, a revolution has taken place in academic library design. The change is evident...

Black shelving for ‘raw’ University of Greenwich library

Here’s the first few images of Bruynzeel Storage Systems’ latest storage installation at the University of Greenwich’s stunning new library and school of architecture. Designed by Ireland-based architects Heneghan Peng, the library features new book displays and...

Modern upgrade for George Green Library

Bruynzeel has been chosen by the University of Nottingham to supply over 6km of static and mobile shelving for its new George Green Engineering and Science Library, due to be opened in 2015. Currently under construction, the George Green Library project will raise the...

Bruynzeel joins Deloitte best managed companies list

Bruynzeel Storage Systems has been recognised by Deloitte and ING as one of the best managed companies in the Netherlands for 2014. For the first time, Bruynzeel Storage Systems joined the list of approximately 75 Dutch companies selected as part of an annual Best...

Orgatec 2014: Six top trends for the modern workplace

Every two years, the office and facilities management sector comes together in Cologne for Orgatec, the industry’s influential trade fair. The exhibition is a perfect environment to browse the latest offerings in furniture, storage, flooring, acoustics, lighting and...

Discover visible storage at MA Conference Cardiff

The curator responsible for one of the finest visible storage installations in Europe will be presenting at this year’s Museums Association Conference and Exhibition, which takes place in Cardiff on 9-10 October. Bram Janssens, head of archives at Museum aan de Stroom...

Cambridge grad secures Bruynzeel CILIP bursary 2014

A 24-year-old Cambridge University graduate has secured the Bruynzeel CILIP bursary 2014 to attend this year’s CILIP Rare Books and Special Collections Group Conference in Aberdeen. Philippa Bell became interested in a career in libraries and special...

New Sao Paulo home for finance minister’s library

The University of Sao Paulo opened its new specialist economics library – the largest of its kind in South America – on 2 July following a large-scale refurbishment. A key component of the new build is the private collection of former Brazilian finance minister...

A 25-year journey to the paperless office

This article is written by Igor La Vos, former employee Bruynzeel Storage Systems. When I joined Canon in 1986, the paperless office was already being discussed during sales training and was expected to become a reality sometime in the 90s. In 1986, the first laser...

International Customer Support Centre goes live

Bruynzeel Storage Systems celebrated the opening of its new Customer Support Centre in Roermond with an official launch event for an audience of 100 invited guests. Inspired by the company’s mission ‘We organise your space’, it was an afternoon full of ideas and...

Bruynzeel sponsors rare books bursary

Preservation top of the agenda at conference Bruynzeel Storage Systems is proud to announce it is sponsoring a bursary place to attend this year’s CILIP Rare Books and Special Collections Conference in Aberdeen. The conference, entitled ‘New Space for Old Books:...

Six smart office design ideas

Every year, Clerkenwell Design Week showcases a host of new ideas for office design from established and emerging companies. With 62 open showrooms and over 150 exhibitors, this boutique festival is now a firm fixture on the annual exhibition calendar. Here is our...

Shonibare turns defunct shelving into art

If your existing archive shelving system is no longer fit for purpose, what can it be used for? One solution: turn it into art. After Brighton and Hove City Council chose to relocate its local history archive to a new conservation and storage facility at The Keep, its...

Lenny Henry opens Dudley Archives

UK comedian Lenny Henry officially opened a new state-of-the-art community archive centre, the Dudley Archives and Local History Centre, in April. Henry, a freeman of the borough, was taken on a tour of the facilities and shown his own entries, including school...

Me Ltd

From Input to Output and Outcome It did not take long to write this down and I can already hear the CEO say: “We assess our people on their performance and not the hours they work”. And in accordance with the terms of every collective bargaining agreement: the number...

Trends in Lockers

Help, is anything still mine? In traditional offices, you have your own desk with your personal items, but in an office based on the New Way of Working, you have a locker for storing your personal items.  The location of your locker depends largely on the...

Where does the modern office worker keep things?

You may claim one place where you can store your personal items under lock and key – your own locker. You can of course leave personal items at home. Everything else in the office belongs to the employer. Personal items that are physical in nature (coat, motorcycle...

Safe | Store | File | Retrieve

Keywords in modern storage Bricks or clicks In our digital world, we normally think of storage in terms of gigabytes or terabytes as opposed to a physical location. The Cloud has become today’s filing cabinet. It is a fact that modern offices need increasingly less...

M² – usage per office worker

Squeeze the footprint or choose from 10 workplaces Squeeze the footprint If office costs have to be cut in expensive cities in the US, facility managers are promptly instructed to squeeze the footprint. The result: another slice off the cubicle. A statement I once...

The home office

Glorified and reviled E-working? Teleworking? Working from home? Just like other areas of knowledge that are currently being explored, the science behind the New Way of Working contains several confusing definitions. E-working is something you can do anywhere; it is...

Clean Desk Policy

Doomed to failure in traditional offices; an essential requirement in the New Way of Working The luxury of a clean desk Montessori once said: “An untidy desk is a sign of an untidy mind”. Yes, but I can always find everything. Oh, and can your co-workers find the...

Your personal meeting place

An indispensable element in modern office communication – birds of a feather flock together Traffic jam flirting No, not flirting with co-workers behind the filing cabinet, but a moment of frivolous relaxation on the way to or home from the office. People used to have...

Change Management

Trends in modern office outfitting The initial outfitting concepts for the New Way of Working were based on carefully analysed processes that took place at clients’ business locations. These days, you often see these processes copied indiscriminately by companies so...

The New Way of Working

Hype, trend or social development? Fourteen years ago, KPN took the Kermit network (which later became Greenhopper) off the air. It had – in response to the expensive car telephone – become obsolete because you always had to take your telephone to a ‘Green Point’. Now...

Bruynzeel introduces a new colour collection

To stay in tuned with the ongoing trends, Bruynzeel has been studying the latest colour developments. Specialists such as interior designers, stylists, and our own material suppliers are been asked to give their vision on the colour trend for 2013. Because colours are...

Bruynzeel shelving fitout at NUI Maynooth Library

NUI Maynooth has recently opened its new extension to the John Paul II library. Storage Systems Ltd Ireland has completed the library shelving fitout for the NUI Maynooth library. This installation comprises of 750 bays of Sysco library shelving installed over two...

Crown Commercial Service RM1501 approved supplier

Bruynzeel Storage Systems is now a Crown Commercial Service approved supplier on the Framework Agreement for the Supply, Delivery and Installation of High Density Steel Storage Systems. The framework agreement commenced on 17 December 2012 and lasts a total of four...

Merger with Qubiqa Storage Solutions

Panningen, The Netherlands and Vipperød, Denmark, — January 10th, 2013 — The Constructor Group and Qubiqa today announced that they have entered into an agreement under which the Bruynzeel Division of the Constructor Group – known as Constructor in Denmark, Norway and...

Expanding across borders

When you’re looking at CNN in the evening, you might see our latest innovating and price winning office product passing by. "Bruynzeel is growing. We started off over a century ago in a city called Zaandam, just north of Amsterdam with wooden shelving. A few years...

Outstanding participation Orgatec 2012 exhibitions

At Orgatec 2012 we’d got the chance to present a new perspective for the shape and functions of offices. A WORLD FIRST, where we demonstrated a multifunctional and space-saving office unit. All kinds of office storage such as lockers, garment hanging rails, office...

Bruynzeel awarded during Orgatec

Bruynzeel Storage Systems presented a world first in the field of ‘flexible office surroundings’ during the Orgatec 2012 exhibition. We proposed a new perspective on the shape and functions of offices, by demonstrating a multifunctional and space-saving office unit....

Bruynzeel participating in the AIT Innovation Award

On the occasion of ORGATEC 2012 we will participate in the battle of most innovative conceptual solution for offices for the seventh time the architects’ trade journals AIT and xia Intelligente Architektur will present the Innovation award Architektur+Office.  The...

IT company brightens office with magenta roller racking

To cope with the increase in its activities, a Dutch IT and service company decided to relocate its 700 employees to a new premises. Bruynzeel was chosen to supply a range of space-saving shelving, including magenta roller racking. These mobile cabinets enable a...

Historical Archives in Denmark ready for future growth

The historical archives in Denmark needed a space efficient storage solution for their new premises. Their idea was to choose Compactus® mobile shelving. But after careful consultation and after analysing their future storage requirements, they decided to opt for...

100-kilometres of linear shelf capacity for BBC London

The BBC’s new, purpose-built media Archive in Perivale, London is fitted with a series of two level high-density storage systems. Designed as 12-vaults it houses the Corporation’s precious stock of archive material, the media archive will hold a total of 3.7-million...

Safe storage of the historic collection

It was important to Groninger AudioVisual to increase the storage capacity of their Archives and did so by installing Compactus® Dynamic Pro XTR mobile shelving. Special attention was given to the safe storage of their historic collection which existed in different...

Secure filing for Hunland Kft., Hungary

The main priority of Hunland was to have certain aisles with secure filing. Therefore they were equipped with an archive storage solution that utilised controlled access through RFID tags, giving unique security authorisation to certain individuals. Hunland Kft. The...