Fire and life safety compliance specialist CDS has won a maintenance contract for a multi-million-pound retail distribution centre near the M1 in the East Midlands.
The contract sees CDS offer the full gamut of maintenance services to ensure the 600,000 sq ft new build operation not only remains safe and compliant, but also avoids costly shutdowns caused by false alarms which could see the company lose thousands of pounds every minute.
The CDS team will look after the fire alarms, emergency lighting, fixed extinguisher systems, fire dampers, CCTV, intruder alarm and access control systems at the mega-warehouse.
The new measures will also make it easier to identify who is responsible for fire safety, with anyone impersonating or obstructing a fire inspector facing unlimited fines.
CDS managing director Simon Abley said: “We offer a comprehensive and highly technical range of fire and life safety services. As well as helping organisations protect their workforce, residents and visitors, we can ensure they remain compliant.
“Getting to grips with what is required from both a safety and a compliance point of view is a specialised area.
“As well as specifying, installing and maintaining systems, often in multi-building environments, we can help companies avoid the potentially huge costs of false alarms, reduce outgoings by installing remote monitoring systems and consolidate disparate existing systems under one roof.”
The massive distribution centre contract is the latest in a rising number of requests for CDS design, installation and maintenance services for warehouses run by global brands. Among them is one of the largest warehouses in the whole of Europe whose two million square feet of logistics space in Yorkshire accommodate 1,200 staff.
Other household names in the CDS distribution centre maintenance portfolio are kings of the vegan sausage roll, Greggs. whose 66,000 sq ft bakery in Wiltshire supplies some of the company’s 2,300 stores nationwide.