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Did You Know: Oil Storage

…that the largest storage facilities in the world are used for oil? A tank farm based in Cushing, Oklahoma can hold as much as 46.3 million barrels of oil, or enough gasoline to fill the tanks of half of all cars on the road in the United States. The biggest individual facility within this community holds a whopping 15.7million barrels alone. Big Yellow can’t quite provide you with that much space, but has 20 stores waiting to be built in locations throughout the UK. When the network is completed, Big Yellow will provide over 4.5 million square feet of storage space, which will provide a huge increase to the UK’s current 25 million square feet of self-storage currently available.

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Did You Know: Big Yellow Ranking

…that Big Yellow was listed number 68 on the Sunday Times Top 100 companies to work for? Our 268 employees were asked a series of questions that ranged from whether they could make a valuable contribution to the company’s success to having confidence in the leadership skills of the senior management team. Big Yellow scored highly across the board, with our wellbeing scores the strongest (we were actually placed in the top 20 for this section). Our other benefits including flexible working options include home working, flexitime, staggered hours and sabbaticals also reflected well. We’re open, honest, talk to each other as equals and will continue to encourage that throughout the firm.

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Did You Know: Bee Orchids

Did You Know: Bee Orchids

… that Rare Bee Orchids were found at Big Yellow’s Norwich branch? An avid wildlife lover (who had worked previously at the RSPB for 30 years) spotted the flower as he cycled past the site and prevented a nearby gardener from cutting them down! Though better known for its self-storage storage solutions as opposed to hosting unusual flora and fauna, Big Yellow now made special provisions to ensure that the three flowers are kept safe and not removed by overzealous landscapers. The Bee Orchid is a perennial, temperate species of orchid generally found growing on semi-dry turf, on limestone, calcareous dunes or in open areas in woodland. It’s often found on sand dunes, but hardly ever in urbanised areas, hence why the discovery was so exciting to the team. The flowers make a surprising addition to the Riverside area because […]

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Did You Know: Wine Tasting

Did You Know: Wine Tasting

… that Oz Clarke launched the Big Yellow wine storage facility in Fulham? The UK’s first purpose-built wine self storage facility, it contains 1,200 temperature and humidity controlled cellars spread across four floors. The facility, placed next to Chelsea’s Harbour Club, is aimed at both individual wine collectors and businesses that require constant access to their wine collections. All of the cellars are monitored by CCTV, with staff present round the clock. Each room is protected by its own alarm as well as a unique PIN entry access, well-lit corridors and fire detection systems. The cellars are available in different sizes, from 15, 30 & 45 case. Prices start at £6 per week for an 15 case cellar.

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Did You Know: Environment Award 2009

… that the Bromley branch of Big Yellow won a prestigious accolade in the Borough of Bromley’s Environment Awards, 2009? The company’s energy efficient building design, renewable energy installations, energy management and landscape biodiversity measures were recognised in the ‘Business Environment’ category. On a beautiful summers evening, Bromley’s Mayor – Councillor Douglas Auld – hosted a celebration of sustainability in the Council Chamber. As the awards were given out, environmental champion Alistair McGowan presented our very own Scott Mackenzie and Aaron Bekir with the Business Environment trophy, asking; ‘can you build one of your stores near my house please?”

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Did You Know: Space Storage

Did You Know: Space Storage

… that NASA is using energy storage technology to help power a lunar outpost on the moon? This will allow astronauts to spend long periods of time on the surface. The outpost will collect solar energy to power a ‘Lunar Lander’, which in turn will deliver hardware to the base, as well as help to ‘fuel’ extremely advanced spacesuits. In every case, safe, reliable operation and low mass are critical to ensure the viability of extended stays on the lunar surface while minimising the weight carried around. Here at Big Yellow, conserving energy is just as important. We continue to establish sustainable practices in order to meet Climate Change objectives in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy generation, employee travel and merchandise material selection. Secondary environmental objectives include waste and pollution reduction, water conservation and improved landscape biodiversity.

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Did You Know: Underground Storage

… that precious items and documents are often buried underground for safekeeping? Thousands of artefacts were shielded from Luftwaffe bombs in England’s underground caves during World War 2 and stolen treasures from all over war-torn Europe were liberated from Hitler’s salt mines in pristine condition. Chruchill also relied on underground storage to protect the artwork of the National Portrait Gallery back in 1939, as possibility that London might suffer saturation bombing meant that a new, safer home was needed. Quarries were blasted, roads were rebuilt and secret convoys of vans set off for Britain’s most remote and secure outposts. There’s no need to take quite such drastic actions today, as our temperature controlled self-storage units are perfectly designed to store accommodate your artwork, valuable prints or paintings.

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Did You Know: Carbon Footprint

…that one of the methods being used to try and make coal-powered fuel a ‘cleaner’ option is carbon capture and storage? This involves capturing the CO2 from coal-fired power plants, compressing it into a liquid and injecting it deep beneath the earth. There the CO2 is sealed in to prevent it from seeping back to the surface and into the air. Though this is relatively inexpensive to carry out, the difficulty is capturing it at the power plant without sapping too much energy or pushing electric costs up too high. For example, one 500-megawatt coal-fired power plant produces three million tons of CO2 annually. Adding carbon capture technology to that plant sucks up 40 percent of the power it can produce and adds an additional cost onto the retail price of that electricity. Balancing environmental and commercial objectives is also […]

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Did You Know: Big Yellow is Green

…that Big Yellow has reduced its electricity consumption by over 1 million kWh and its carbon dioxide emissions by 7.4% this year? Big Yellow stores have two types of carbon emission; first, the electricity used for lighting, lifts, heating, cooling and ventilation, which causes ‘indirect’ emissions and second, stores with flexi-offices have additional gas heated areas which cause ‘direct’ emissions. The total store electricity consumption and carbon dioxide emissions per square metre of occupied storage space has decreased by approximately 3.5% for the year ending March 2009. This reduction was due to the company’s new store development program of higher standards of insulation, air tightness, energy efficiency and renewable energy generation as well, as the installation of motion sensor lighting and other energy efficiency lighting.

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Did You Know: Lego Storage

Did You Know: Lego Storage

…that Larry Page and Sergey Brin used Lego building blocks to construct portions of the outer case for Google’s first storage assembly? A collection of the classic childhood toys held twin cooling fans in place and provided a perch for twin Lego ‘people’ to watch over the device. The storage assembly required far more capacity than any conventional student project—or commercial product—could procure in 1996. To get the then-staggering 40 gigabytes of necessary capacity, Page and Brin had to tie together 10 separate 4-GB hard drives together, and they built the Lego housing to hold their Frankenstein storage system, which stayed in place till 1999. From small acorns grow big trees, so why not see how inventive you can get when left to build your own storage solutions?

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