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Cycle racks on the mezzanine floor

Posted by Marianne
September 4, 2012 in Property Development

A Hampshire online cycle store is taking advantage of the Bradley Wiggins effect and has taken over two new premises in the Harbourgate development near Portsmouth. After only 12 weeks of work, three mezzanine floors have already been installed for use as office space.

As cycling becomes an increasingly popular leisure pursuit, Wriggle, the largest of the UK’s online cycling retailers, has taken a chance on sales remaining strong and has converted the original 30,000 sq ft space in the larger building for cycle storage.

A walkway at  mezzanine flooring  mezzanine flooring level connects the two buildings and the smaller of the premises, at 25,000 sq ft, has been fitted out with specialist pallet racking designed for cycles.

The ONS calculates that spending on bikes over the last year increased by 15 per cent with retailers reporting an 18 per cent rise this summer. Major credit card VISA has reported that UK consumers spent over £20m on cycles and associated equipment during July – immediately following Bradley Wiggins’ victory in the Tour de France.

The government has also been instrumental in encouraging wider participation in cycling, with financial incentives like Cycle to Work to subsidise the cost and implementing more designated cycle lanes.

Both the Office for National Statistics and British Cycling report a growing interest in cycling, with membership of the latter increasing 100 per cent since 2008 to over 50,000 – the same number as in 1959 when it was founded.

Freeing up storage space for a wider range of cycles by installing offices on the mezzanine floors is likely to be a cost-effective measure.

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