Why Specify Steel Lockers?
As the office landscape evolves, designers are now embracing flexible storage made of steel. Preparing for the future means choosing furniture that’s adaptable to change and can be repurposed, reused, reconfigured or recycled. Choosing steel ensures flexibility, reduced costs, maximised floor space and extends the duration of the fit-out. Where once historically confined to sports or school facilities, steel office lockers are now synonymous with flexible, collaborative ways of working.
Steel Lockers Are Modular
With more employees working flexibly and choosing sustainable transport methods, companies are offering employee lockers, day lockers and end-of-trip facilities. Employee lockers and day lockers support the agile workplace optimising company real estate and resources. These modular locker systems allow facilities to grow storage with reduced costs to the company and the environment. Whereas End-of-trip lockers promote the use of public and sustainable transport systems to reduce reliance on cars
Steel Lockers Enable Fast Assembly
Steel lockers provide the strength, durability and design flexibility to safeguard against obsolescence. Unlike conventional locker systems made of joinery, steel enables faster assembly on site and can be more easily reconfigured. This reduces the number of tools required, allowing for simple replacement and re-use. And the ongoing cost of churn vs new replacement of traditional lockers provides an economic benefit over time.
Steel Lockers Are Recyclable
Steel lockers are also 100% recyclable and unlike engineered wood products will not end up as landfill at the end of their life-cycle. Steel can be powder coated with environmentally friendly finishes to reflect the clients aesthetic. Without affecting modularity, steel can feature optional perforations and acoustic benefits. Steel lockers featuring punch patterns additional provides better ventilation than traditional lockers
Steel Lockers Are Flexible & Provide Multi-Use
Designed for the agile, ABW workplace, steel lockers are suited to many different environments. Steel lockers can be installed to act as a Connection point, Sound barrier, Feature wall, Island, Powering station and most importantly a flexible personal storage solution. Reflecting staffing numbers, steel lockers units can be uniquely replaced, reconfigured or relocated. As group requirements change various group units can be integrated or removed. And products such as Planex’s xLocker2 units clip together to create freeform storage within the floor plan without requiring a new fit out when needs change.
Steel Lockers Are Cable Ready & Wired
Steel lockers enable the possibility of soft-wiring to power portable devices. Steel lockers are designed to be able to provide a means of reticulating services to all the units. Units can be soft-wired for recharging personal devices. An integrated cavity exists between units for hard-wired electronic locks and the fitting of soft-wired power GPO’s. This means there is no need for separate ducting or conduits as the lockers are the conduit. Wires can be concealed within plinths allowing networking to be hidden underneath and accessed by a removable front panel.
Steel Lockers Are Also Customisable
Steel empowers designers and architects to create a space that reflects the client’s aesthetic. And this is especially a benefit of working with local manufacturers like Planex as designers can feature units of various colours. Doors can be perforated with unique custom designed punch patterns. And can be fitted with acoustic sound absorbing material to minimise noise. The individual character can be further enhanced by the use of sustainably sourced veneer or ply for the doors, top surfaces and shrouds. Accessorising your locker creates a seamless fit with any environment, with workplaces lockers benefiting from bench seats, mail slots, shelves, coat-rails, pin-boards and power outlets.
Steel Provides An Environmentally Benefit
Steel lockers are also a good environmental choice as they reduce the amount of non-renewable resources required for manufacture. Steel lockers do not use solvents or Volatile Organic Compounds. Steel replaces the use of unrecyclable, engineered boards used in joinery fit-outs. They can be repurposed which extends the longevity of the fit-out. Can be fully recycled and not end up as landfill. And products such as Planex’s xLocker2 range are Green Star rated ISO 9001 & ISO 14001 and AFRDI blue and green tick certified which contributes to the overall sustainability rating of the fit out.
And Lastly, Steel Lockers Are Multi-Lock Compatible
Steel lockers are designed to be compatible with all locking system manufacturers with users are not limited to a specific locking system as steel lockers provide the levels of security to match the client’s needs.