Flexiss Group and LGIM Introduce the UK’s First Fully Automated Self-Storage Facility with No-Key Access System in York

Flexiss Group, a leading independent storage management platform, has opened its latest facility under their SureStore brand in York. The new store is the 17th operating under Flexiss’s management platform, and it is the latest investment from Legal and General Investment Management (‘LGIM’), the largest UK-based asset manager. Flexiss Group continues to expand its independent management platform, and the new store in York is the first of its kind to combine a specification that targets net-zero carbon in operation with a fully automated no-key access system.

The state-of-the-art system, called Nokē, is a hands-free security system that allows customers to access the facility using Bluetooth technology with facial or thumbprint recognition. 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 technology is being used for the first time in a Flexiss Group facility, and the company aims to build all future locations to Net Zero Carbon in operation standards as well as to use this enhanced security for customer access.

The York SureStore location is their second UK store funded by LGIM’s Industrial Property Investment Fund aiming to be net zero carbon in operation, following their latest opening in Wokingham in July 2022. This is part of both Flexiss Group’s and LGIM’s continued commitment to driving sustainability and developing new environmentally conscious buildings that aim to be net-zero carbon in operation.

Paul Whittaker Flexiss Commercial Director said that he is delighted to see the 12th SureStore open this April. With each new facility, Flexiss has evolved, and in York, they have brought both a specification that targets net-zero carbon in operation and a fully automated high-security system into a multi-purpose facility, in what he believes is the first of its kind in the UK.

Matthew Lilley, Assistant Fund Manager at LGIM Real Assets, added that York SureStore is truly a best-in-class facility, marking their second self-storage development to open in the last nine months. They are increasing their exposure to the sector with a growing pipeline – primarily through purpose-built developments that incorporate enhanced specifications from the design stage, which aim to achieve net-zero carbon in operation. They continue to integrate new technologies, such as the Nokē system, allowing them to enhance the customer experience and drive outperformance.

The York facility on Auster Road offers 36,000 sq ft of premium storage space hosting alongside last mile logistic space, office and co-work opportunities, as well as flex-space work areas designed for the many start-up businesses of York and the surrounding areas. With the Flexiss collection and delivery services and free Wi-Fi throughout, Whittaker believes that, like their other SureStore facilities, this facility will be able to bring employment and revenue to the York area for years to come.

Flexiss 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 2 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. Further stores 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, created for the local community whilst setting the standard for 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. Flexiss Group’s net-zero fully automated self-storage facility in York is now open.

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