Purdie Worldwide Bathgate Depot

Improvements at Purdie Worldwide Bathgate
Part 1

With the continued expansion of our parent company Purdie Worldwide, it was necessary to acquire additional storage space. Although they had recently purchased the old cinema building next to their main depot in Blackburn, it wasn’t going to be big enough for their ambitious plans. Fortunately, ASD Metals at Millburn Road in Bathgate, came up for sale at just the right time! There will be a lot of work needed to bring the place up to modern standards. However, the size and location of the new depot will help provide low-cost and affordable storage for the people of Bathgate and West Lothian.

Starting the Rennovations

Bare shell of Purdie Worldwide Bathgate
The bare shell of the Purdie Worldwide Bathgate
Big yard at Purdie Worldwide Bathgate
A large yard to allow trucks to turn easily

Although the previous occupants at Bathgate had been using the warehouse as a working factory, in order to make it usable for storage, alot of changes and fixes were required. A big benefit of this new venue are the two 20-ton cranes. Fully moveable up and down the length of the building, these cranes will come in handy when lifting and shifting containers off and on our container truck.

The first port of call was to get it clean. It took several days of sweeping and 2 skips fulls of waste to finally get the place cleared. We ripped out the old gas pipes, as we don’t have a need for gas. An electrician was also hired in to rewire the industrial sockets and replace the aging fuse box with a more modern version.

Gutter Replacement

The biggest problem we faced with the new building at Bathgate was keeping it water-tight! The building uses an interesting gutter system where the water drains from the roof and down inside the building and into an internal gutter system. This had aged poorly and was leaking at several points across the building.

So with our new skyjack, we set aside 2 weeks to replace all of the guttering with new plastic pipes that won’t rust. All in all, it was a fairly tricky job, that required a lot of hands above the head leading to tired arms at the end of the day!

Having completed the gutters, we used our in-house drone pilot to do another site survey of the roof. From this we identified several choke points where the water wasn’t draining properly due to overgrown trees. Thankfully we were able to cut these back and allow the rain water to drain away correctly, but this will need regular maintenance to stop the blockages happening again.

Replacing the internal gutters using a skyjack. Note the standing water from the leaky old gutters

Office Construction

One thing that was missing from our new depot was an office. The previous occupants had an old porta-cabin outside as an office, but that had more leaks than the big building, so was quickly demolished and removed. The new office would be built against the existing main doorway, and provide a large reception space that leads off to a small office for 2 members of staff.

Made from recycled and reclaimed wood where possible, this build was a great chance for our young apprentice to really get his hands dirty and learn all about what it takes to make a solid structure. You’ll even see the MD of Purdie Worldwide, Neil Purdie in some of the pictures, helping out with wiring and insulation!

Before the interior plasterboard was added, we also ran 5 runs of CAT6 network cable. 3 for computers and 2 for the interior cameras. The CAT6 cable also allows you to run power over the wires, so you don’t need to run an additional power cable to a camera. Instead you run just single CAT6 cable that will do both the power and data over one cable.

Kitchen and Toilet

Situated on the North West corner of the building is a small breeze block structure that was used as a dumping ground.

Once we cleared this area and made it water-tight, we added in a toilet cubicle that is big enough for disabled access, as Paralympic Archer Nathan Macqueen would be using the facility on a regular basis.

We then set to work adding in a small radiator and breakfast bar made from some old stock of bathroom cladding we had spare. Using some spare cabinets we also added in under bunker storage space and a fridge to keep food and drink cool!

Lastly, we left it up to the young apprentice to lay the flooring. Constructed from click-laminate, Declan made quick work of the job, even if he did have to concrete over some holes in the floor!

new kitchen, Bathgate
Declan admiring his handy work!

New Signage

In order to solidify Purdie’s presence in Bathgate, new signage was a must. Thankfully, we were able to re-use and just recover the existing signage to save money.

The small rear sign was rubbed down and cleaned up before we laid down our traditional cream coloured vinyl on top to flood the sign in a cream colour. We then applied the Purdie Worldwide text logo and call to action at the bottom. Fitting was easy as the sign bolted on exactly where it was previously.

The large main sign round the front of the building was a bit trickier! Made from 6 large aluminium extruded panels, we decided it was best to send these to the same painter that does the Purdie trucks. That way the signs will get painted in our traditional cream colour. Once back from the painters we laid down all 6 panels in the warehouse to line them up. The large vinyl letters (cut in-house with over very own vinyl plotter!) were then applied to the sign. Each panel was then carefully lifted up on the skyjack and fixed to the sign rails on the front of the building. All of this was done just in time for Bathgate Galaday, where the sign was proudly on display for all to see from the main park in Bathgate.

Roof Insulation

The main use case for this building will be for storage. However, when we were doing our final checks, we noticed that the temperature and humidity of the building wasn’t quite up to the temperature and humidity levels recommended by the BAR for containerised storage.

In order to overcome this issue, we ordered in almost 1000 insulation boards. Fitting these in place was a tough job. Over the course of a month, we worked tirelessly, and even at the weekends, to add insulation to every single roof panel. Each board had to be cut to size, then a layer of glue applied to one side, before being offered up to the ceiling and held in place for 5 minutes at a time. This was the worst part, as we had to switch half way through each “stick”, or else our arms would burn out before the 5 minutes were up!

The difference these insulation panels made was almost immediate. The warehouse no longer felt like a bare empty shell, and instead actually felt like it was holding some warmth for once!

A pallet's worth of insulation boards about to be fitted.

Finishing Touches

There’s still a long way to go until the depot is 100% complete and up and running. We’ve managed to get a post box to accept incoming mail, as well as a smaller sign for the rear of the building. This was made from an old recycled sign we had that was recovered and repurposed, a win win for us and the environment!

We were also proud to have helped in adding the official signage to the Macqueen High Performance Archery Centre, based at the yard in Bathgate. Not only did we witness some superb archery skills when he visits, but we’re also supporting him with great pride as he bids for gold at the Paris Games later this year.

At the moment we’ve still got the reception and office to carpet, before we add some very unique wallpaper to the mix! Once that’s complete we’ll add in a new reception desk made from OSB wood, similar to the one that’s at the Purdie HQ in Blackburn. Then all that’s left is a lick of paint to the outside of the building and then Purdie Worldwide Bathgate will be officially open for business!

Tune in next month when we’ll have part 2, and hopefully a finished warehouse for you to access!

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