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BHD revolutionises Woodhouse Timber with racking

BHD proposed a solution centred around 9000 mm high double-sided cantilever columns. Image: BHD.

BHD Storage Solutions explains to MHD how it’s completed a full-scale cantilever racking project for partner and family-owned timber wholesaler, Woodhouse Timber.

Woodhouse Timber, a leading family-owned timber wholesaler, embarked on a strategic initiative to expand its operations and enhance storage capacity. In partnership with BHD Storage Solutions, they explore the successful completion of a full-scale cantilever racking project at Woodhouse Timber’s newly constructed 7200 sqm warehouse in Darra, Brisbane.

Established in 1983 by Chris Woodhouse, Woodhouse Timber has evolved into a national powerhouse in the timber industry. Known for its commitment to quality products and exceptional customer service, the company’s growth led to the need for an efficient storage solution to accommodate its expanding inventory.

The collaboration between Woodhouse Timber and BHD Storage Solutions commenced in 2020 when David Seale, the Business Development Manager at BHD, forged a strong relationship with Drew Woodhouse, the Director of Operations at Woodhouse Timber. Together, they set out to address Woodhouse Timber’s unique racking requirements.

In 2024, the installation of an additional 196 9000 x 410 cantilever columns was completed. Image: BHD.
In 2024, the installation of an additional 196 9000 x 410 cantilever columns was completed. Image: BHD.

BHD Storage Solutions was engaged from the early planning stages, tasked with designing a racking system that would optimise available space, allowing for the storage of a higher volume of timber packs per square metre. The primary goal was to achieve increased storage capacity and operational efficiency through the implementation of innovative racking and warehouse management systems.

BHD proposed a solution centred around 9000 mm high double-sided cantilever columns. This design, exceeding the standard 5800 mm column height, resulted in a 37 per cent reduction in floor space requirements. The use of narrow aisle forklifts further contributed to a 35 per cent decrease in unproductive floor space compared to standard aisle configurations. This innovative approach saved a substantial 1500 sqm of floor space, equating to an estimated cost saving of $1.5 million in land and building expenses.

Due to the storage efficiencies achieved by the initial racking system, BHD Storage Solutions continued its collaboration with Woodhouse Timber. In 2024, the installation of an additional 196 9000 x 410 cantilever columns was completed, covering 90 per cent of the warehouse floor space. This expansion further maximised storage capacity, significantly reducing storage costs per annum per metre.

The collaboration between Woodhouse Timber and BHD Storage Solutions exemplifies the power of tailored storage solutions in boosting operational efficiency. 

The project underscores the significance of strategic storage solutions in driving down operational costs. Image: BHD.
The project underscores the significance of strategic storage solutions in driving down operational costs. Image: BHD.

The focus on maximising warehouse floor usage, reducing aisle widths, and increasing vertical storage capabilities resulted in substantial cost savings for Woodhouse Timber. The project underscores the significance of strategic storage solutions in driving down operational costs and enhancing overall supply chain efficiencies.

BHD Storage Solutions takes pride in its ongoing partnership with Woodhouse Timber, contributing to the company’s journey of success. This project serves as a testament to the impact of innovative and customised storage solutions in optimising warehouse operations and achieving significant cost savings. Looking ahead, both companies anticipate continued shared successes through their collaborative efforts.

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