Brooklin Models Limited is the world’s leading manufacturer of 1/43 scale hand-built white metal miniatures. Unlike other businesses that mass produce models in high volume, Brooklin Models has been handcrafting them in small quantities since 1974 – fully built and ready to display. Brooklin’s skillfully crafted models celebrate the American automotive history of cars and trucks from the 1930s to the 1960s.
Nestling in the corner of a small Industrial Estate in the Historic city of Bath, Brooklin’s 5,000 square feet of production area houses twenty-five skilled staff who continue to showcase the best of American automotive history through their creations.
The Brooklin Models two-phase removal project was scheduled to take place in Autumn, 2022. Over the span of eight days, Cube Relocations relocated all equipment, furniture, stock and staff effects from Bath to the new premises in Paulton, Bristol.
A total of 1000 sq ft of storage was provided for 8-10 weeks through Cube Relocations’ sister company Cube Self Storage, for the storing of Brooklin Models’ parts and products.
With over 20 years of extensive industry knowledge, Edward Baden (now Cube Relocations) worked closely with the Brooklin Models team to successfully perform a smooth transfer that minimised downtime to the manufacturing time frame. Achieved by:
Prior to the relocation, and following a final briefing with a Brooklin Models representative, our Cube Relocations’ Supervisor carried out an interior building’s conditions audit. This ensured the building’s protection during the move with Cube Relocations’ team using correx, hardboard, and multiple layers of paper covers.
Phase 1 – Over a five day midweek programme during normal working hours, the Easycrate team delivered 160 lidded crates and labels, as required, to prepare for the packing of moulds, models, packaging, and general effects for storage. Cube Relocations’ relocation team simultaneously prepared for the packing and loading of furniture, equipment, and packed crates onto our removal lorries. Items transferred for storage included heavy machinery: compressors, casting machines, a Myford Lathe, heavy presses, PCs, and their associated IT equipment. Upon arrival at Cube Self Storage, the Cube Relocations team offloaded lorries and placed them into the storage facility. A 1000 sq ft storage unit was booked to store Brooklin Models’ consignment of effects for approximately 8 to 10 weeks.
Phase 2 – The team transported all stored effects to the new premises at Paulton, Bristol over the course of a three day midweek programme during normal working hours, where they were placed and unpacked in accordance with the floor plans and instructions. At the end of the operation, the team checked all areas that everything was carefully relocated to the new building, and Cube Relocations Supervisor signed off with the on-site representative to ensure complete satisfaction.
Cube Relocations collaborated closely with Brooklin Models to guarantee the relocation project was completed with minimum downtime and disruption. Progress and deadlines were carefully and constantly reviewed by our on-site Supervisor. Upon completion, Cube Relocations team checked all areas to guarantee that unwanted items had been environmentally discarded, that all required effects were transferred to the new premises and that a completed sign-off from a Brooklin’s representative was received.
While many renowned white metal model manufacturers, such as Elegance Models, Durham Classics and Western Models have come and gone, Brooklin, one of the pioneers in this collector’s genre, not only has survived, but thrives. Brooklin’s unique and high quality hand crafted cars have gained well deserved recognition over the past 50 years, with the company winning many prizes and awards for its creative model-making. Today, its ‘Brooklins’ are still just as eagerly sought after by those fortunate enough to know about this unique ‘Made in England’ brand.