Same Old, Same Old

Are your clients tired of looking at the same old storage units in their office?

Units that have been in place for years, beginning to fall apart at the seams – or possibly both?

Why not give them a facelift?

At Panel Plan we can assess the internal carcass of these units, repair any damage then refit a new exterior to liven up the working environment and provide clients with the functional storage space they need – we can even move existing units from one room to another if required.

There’s so much to choose from these days; different colours, new opening and locking mechanisms, even a plywood finish!

Please take a look at some of our recent work to see what is possible. If you have any questions please contact Jason at Panel Plan today – sales@panelplan.co.uk

The Bletchley Boys

Panel Plan have recently completed the installation of both Tallwall storage units and lockers at the Alan Turing Research Institute, located within the British Library, in central London.


When Morgan Lovell approached us about the British Library project naturally we were very interested, but when we found out it was for the new Alan Turing Institute we knew we couldn’t refuse the chance to create something extra special,
— Ray Lee, Panel Plan MD

Working in conjunction with Morgan Lovell, this prestigious project took on extra significance for Bletchley based Panel Plan as wartime hero Turing was based just a couple of miles down the road at Bletchley Park.

During the second world war, Alan Turing headed up the code-breaking team at Bletchley Park. It was the brilliant work of this team that led to the cracking of the German naval codes which played such a crucial role in bringing the war to an end.

“Many of the Panel Plan team have visited Bletchley Park over the years, so we were very familiar with the story of Alan Turing. The whole of the team were determined to produce their finest work to honour our local hero – and the results speak for themselves!” added Ray.

The institute, named in Turing’s honour, provides research facilities for data scientists in a wide range of disciplines including; digital humanities, social data science, computer science, mathematics and statistical science.

The completed project, shown below, includes Tallwall units, in both matt and gloss finishes, and dozens of lockers for the institute staff and visiting researchers to store their personal belongings.

If you would like to find out how Panel Plan could help you with your next prestigious project please contact us on sales@panelplan.co.uk

The A to Z of lockers…

At Panel Plan, we’ve been inundated with requests for lockers in recent times.


We have been asked to create lockers of varying shapes, sizes, colours and lock combinations, including keyless entry such as card or digital recognition
— Bob Cole, Panel Plan Sales Director

As we’ve reported previously, with the increase in hot desking and the move towards ‘clean desk’ policies, employees are becoming more and more reliant on lockers in order to store their personal belongings during working hours.

Shown below are a selection of recently designed lockers by Panel Plan including the all new ‘Z’ locker which has room to store coats or jackets without creasing.

If you have any questions, or would like to make an enquiry about any of our lockers please contact us on; sales@panelplan.co.uk

Hot desking, red-hot design…

BMW’s new corporate offices in Farnborough, Hampshire are a perfect example of how ‘hot desking’ works.

In total, some 1200 employees will use the ‘flexible’ desk space in the three recently refurbished offices. Panel Plan were commissioned by office specialist, The Furniture Practice, to design, build and install lockers that can be used by the BMW workforce to store their items whilst they work on site.

Fit out of the lockers commenced in late 2014 with the completion of phase one. Phase two was completed earlier this year, with phase three being finished at the time of going to press.

As illustrated by the photographs, the lockers have an unusual ‘letterbox’ style feature and also include a ‘random’ block where a locker is deliberately left out - BMW plans to place awards in these spaces. The lockers are a fine example of how Panel Plan design to meet their clients needs perfectly.

Success in the Second City

Panel Plan are delighted to announce the completion of another successful project between themselves, keyless lock systems specialists, BeCode and interior design experts, City Office - this time in the UK’s 'second city’ of  Birmingham.

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The task for Panel Plan was to fit 132 lockers in the newly refurbished offices of CBRE - one of the world’s leading commercial property and real estate service advisers. The building itself overlooks the impressive St Philips Cathedral in the heart of Birmingham.

“It took us a little over two days to complete the job” said Bob Cole, Panel Plan’s Sales Director. “The whole project was a pleasure to work on - a large, open plan office which had been carefully designed by City Office, and the ease of working with BeCode’s superb ‘EVO’ lock mechanisms made this simplicity itself” Bob explained.

And the results certainly speak for themselves with a spokesperson for CBRE commenting; “We are over the moon with the finished result!”

For more information about the BeCode lock system used please click here » 

If you have any questions regarding Panel Plan’s superior lockers, please contact Bob via email here »

Top marks for Panel Plan

It was a case of ‘back to school’ for Panel Plan when our distributor Four Square approached us to create a new range of furniture and storage units at the Kingswood Early Years Centre in Watford.

‘Nothing matched!’ was their first impression so they asked us to provide a solution from one source.

‘There was a mixture of desks, odd storage units, wheeled trolleys with work spilling out of them, lurid coloured lockers and some very ill-fitting pigeon holes’.

As you can see from the before and after images Panel Plan certainly went to the top of the class with a range of beautifully crafted, expertly fitted Tallwall units, including brand new pigeon holes and built in combi-lockers. Matching ‘wave’ desks and a ‘sit at’ bench with a separate wall hung storage cupboard perfectly complimented each other as the school gained its professional makeover.

An 'A Star' for Panel Plan!

Mission Impossible?

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Here at Panel Plan we are accustomed to meeting tight deadlines but five days from initial brief to installation is quick even by our standards.

The call for such a rapid turnaround came from BeCode UK Ltd of Northampton. BeCode were to exhibit their exciting and revolutionary range of keyless and cable-free locking mechanisms at London ExCel's BETT (Education technology) Show from 22nd to 25th January 2014.

However, BeCode were let down at the last minute by their original supplier hence the panic call to Panel Plan to see if we could help.

Bob Cole, Panel Plan's Sales director recalls his reaction, 'At first I really did think this was mission impossible, however, after a few minutes to gather my thoughts I felt that we had a chance of pulling this off. Our team at Panel Plan are used to creating bespoke items and have a lot of experience with locker units - these skills combined to help save the day and install the unit in time'.

The mobile phone images show the bespoke Panel Plan unit in place on the BeCode stand. A few minutes after these shots were taken the doors to the exhibition were opened and in came the first of 35,000 visitors to the four day show. 

Mission Impossible? Not for Panel Plan.