Flexiss Group has announced the opening of its latest SureStore facility in York, making it their 17th store operating across multiple financial institutions. This expansion is part of the independent management platform’s commitment to growth, with Legal and General Investment Management (LGIM) providing funding for this latest investment. LGIM is the largest UK-based asset manager.
The York SureStore facility is the first of its kind to feature a specification targeting net-zero carbon in operation while utilizing a fully automated no-key access system. The facility will use Nokē, a state-of-the-art system that leverages Bluetooth technology with facial or thumbprint recognition to provide customers with hands-free access. Nokē will control gate access and every single lock in the facility, making it one of the most secure storage facilities in the UK. This is the first time Flexiss Group has used this technology, and they plan to use it in all future locations.
This latest facility is part of Flexiss Group’s and LGIM’s commitment to sustainability, as both companies aim to develop new environmentally conscious buildings that are net-zero carbon in operation. The York SureStore location is the second UK store funded by LGIM’s Industrial Property Investment Fund that aims to be net-zero carbon in operation, following their latest opening in Wokingham in July 2022.
Flexiss Commercial Director, Paul Whittaker, expressed his delight at the opening of the York SureStore facility. He believes it to be the first multi-purpose facility in the UK to combine a specification targeting net-zero carbon in operation with a fully automated high-security system. He also added that the Janus Nokē system installed in all 500+ spaces at York will allow customers to move in remotely and access their spaces without the need for a key, but through their mobile devices. This facility, like other SureStore facilities, is expected to bring employment and revenue to the York area for years to come.
Assistant Fund Manager at LGIM Real Assets, Matthew Lilley, commended the facility, describing it as a “best-in-class” facility, and marking their second self-storage development to open in the last nine months. He added that LGIM is increasing its exposure to the sector through purpose-built developments, which incorporate enhanced specifications from the design stage, aiming to achieve net-zero carbon in operation.
The York facility on Auster Road offers 36,000 sq ft of premium storage space hosting last mile logistic space, office and co-work opportunities, as well as flex-space work areas designed for start-up businesses in York and the surrounding areas.
Flexiss Group opened its first SureStore site in Bolton in 2018 and has since expanded its independent management platform to encompass 17 facilities across the UK, with investment partner Legal & General funding the last two recent new store openings. The Flexiss Group has plans for growth in other UK wide locations, and all upcoming storage facilities will feature Nokē and net-zero technology. The next SureStore openings with Legal & General include Loughborough, Stoke, Stevenage, Hamstead, and Bedford.
Through their commitment to sustainability and a pioneering approach to storage solutions, the Flexiss Group continues to create unique self-storage facilities for the local community while setting the standard in the industry. With the combination of the Nokē access system and a net-zero carbon building, Flexiss Group has once again demonstrated its commitment to innovation and excellence in the storage industry.
In conclusion, the Flexiss Group’s net-zero fully automated self-storage facility in York is now open and available for use.