Case study

Mezzanine, Racking & Shelving for RockShop

In 1969, keen geologist Clinton Burhouse started a small company selling rocks and minerals throughout Britain. Almost 50 years later, the successful business has grown and developed, now enjoying a reputation as a renowned provider of rocks and minerals to museums and shops worldwide.

The company has expanded into separate divisions, each headed up by Clinton’s children. Rockshop sells rocks and minerals and is run by Jonathan. Louise runs the components division, Burhouse Beads. In recent years, Richard Burhouse has developed a specialist beer brewing company, known as Magic Rock Brewing Co, along with head brewer, Stuart Ross. All three companies were trading out of Quarmby Mills; a Huddersfield business complex owned by the company since 1986.


The brewing company was the first division to need to relocate into its own, larger premises. Richard contacted WSL for advice on storing their hops and yeast. WSL installed three bays of long span shelving suitable for the storage of edible consumable. Shortly after, due to the swift growth of the company, a 465-metre square storage facility was built next to their building, which WSL also fitted out with shelving.

Delighted with the service and quality provided by WSL, Richard’s brother, Jonathan contacted WSL when relocating Rockshop to new, larger premises.

Rockshop had grown beyond the space available at Quarmby Mills and Jonathan was keen to offer a huge cash and carry show room, along with a picking and packing centre for their online sales. A new site was found at Knowle Lane, Meltham Mills next to one of Jonathan’s favourite places in Huddersfield – Honley Woods.

The Rockshop Warehouse

Starting off with an empty warehouse, Jonathan became busy making and implementing plans to produce an ideal space for the new and improved Rockshop Wholesale. The first thing Jonathan needed was a 200-metre square fire rated warehouse mezzanine floor to provide extra space to process, prepare, store and pick the wide range of crystals. This was to sit above the 300-metre square crystal cash and carry showroom. WSL were very happy to assist Jonathan in the facilitation of this. Our expert mezzanine design team provided advice, PDF drawings and plans so he could visualise how this would work best. The steel mezzanine was designed with 2 staircases, one either end, for ease of access and to comply with fire and health and safety regulations.

The agreed mezzanine was manufactured within four weeks in our fully equipped Leeds factory. Once completed, the mezzanine floor was delivered to be installed by the WSL team. However, the delivery was a little nerve racking! The 40-foot delivery lorry was required to navigate a reverse along the downhill slope in rush hour traffic. It was a tight fit, but the expert driver managed the manoeuvre without incident.

After delivery was completed, the mezzanine installation team started work immediately. As always, a site foreman was on location throughout the build, to ensure that everything ran smoothly and that all health and safety requirements were adhered to; both for the safety of WSL employees and for any other people in the vicinity of the construction area. The mezzanine was installed within a week, and racking and shelving was constructed around the perimeter of the warehouse. Once works were completed, Jonathan oversaw a gradual relocation from Quarmby Mills to the new premises throughout the Spring months.

The Result

The result of the work is a large, well fitted store, ready to showcase and sell Rockshop’s fine rocks, fossils and crystals to its trade customers. Above this store is a safe, fire rated mezzanine which is an ideal picking and packing area. This means that, when fully operational, the new facilities should allow a highly efficient operation with web sales and on-site sales both managed easily and efficiently in the one location.

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