Christmas Holiday Office Closure

Our office in Bury St Edmunds will be closed from Thursday the 24th of December 2020 and will re-open on Monday the 4th of January 2021. Please remember your emails will be answered upon our return.

From all of us at Helmsman Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We wish you a much better 2021!

Christmas Jumper day at Helmsman

Looking for a new powder coating paint booth

Helmsman Lockers and Cubicles are looking to upgrade 20-year-old paint booths. 

We are looking for a reliable supplier to take this opportunity and send us the best quote for a powder coating paint booth technology. We are interested to see all the necessary information about the product, inclusive benefits and quality images of the product.

All interested suppliers must be from the UK or EU and able to deliver and install the new technology here at Helmsman in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

Each candidate will be assessed against the Helmsman evaluation sheet, which includes the best value for money, short lead time and inclusive benefits package.

To apply, please send us a quote to with a subject line: New powder coating paint booth application. Deadline for all applications is Monday 28th of December 2020, 5 pm.

For more information, please feel free to call us on 01284 727626.

Z type lockers

Z Lockers

Helmsman Z locker has a unique shape to adapt to small spaces and because of its design, the two compartments can store more items than expected for multiple users. Here at Helmsman our Z lockers are available in a range of sizes, colours and locking systems. High-quality double coat hooks and a coat rail are fitted in the locker. Z Lockers can give your space storage with style. All of our lockers are manufactured in Suffolk, UK.

Check out our specifications below:

Helmsman Z lockers specifications

We are able to manufacture bespoke Z Lockers on your personal specifications. Just let us know what you would like by calling us on 01284 727626 or getting in touch by email

Installation of metal lockers

How To Install Metal Lockers The Right Way

Installing lockers may be easy for Helmsman professionals, but can be a tricky job for anyone doing it for the first time. This is why we want to provide you with the essential tips on how to install metal lockers safely.

There are some things that you should consider before starting the installation. Firstly the size of the room, ceiling height, fixtures, fittings and location, as this will affect the positioning and layout of your lockers. Measurements of the area need to be specific and you have to allow approximately 4mm extra at the sides of each locker. Allow corridor widths of approximately 1000mm minimum especially in schools and consider the space for when opening doors.

You also need to consider the position of any windows or doors. Make sure your lockers will not block access to any windows or doors which still need to be opened. Take note of things like skirting boards, radiators, heating pipes, light switches, and sockets etc.

Make sure you install on a strong, level and even surface, are the floors level? If there is a slope to the floor, you will need to position them on locker stands with adjustable feet, stands can be ordered along side your lockers. Check the suitability of the wall before fitting, is the area suitable to be drilled into? If that is a ‘yes’ you are ready to go.

Installation of metal lockers

Let’s install your lockers

For your locker installation you will need a spirit level, spanner, drill and handling equipment. Fixings, nesting nuts and bolts will be provided. Ideally two people are required to do an installation especially if the lockers are front heavy such as glass or laminate lockers. Suitable PPE may be required for safety reasons. When and if offloading the lockers, do it front faced as they are heavy and could tip over and get damaged.

Most lockers are tall and thin, depending on your requirements and specifications but they could be unstable if they are not fixed to the wall or each other. A single run of lockers must be secured to a suitable anchor point with a suitable bracing mechanism. Lockers on stands or seat/stands should be fixed down to the stand or seat/stand as well as side to side and back to a wall or run of lockers. It is really important that lockers placed back to back are bolted together securely, because the lockers industry have had fatalities in the past.

Upkeep of your lockers

Cleaning lockers is easy; simply use a duster or soft cloth. It is recommended that all locks and hinges are regularly maintained with a suitable lubricant. If any doors or locks become damaged, we recommend replacing these as soon as possible so security is not compromised. Helmsman offer replacement doors and parts.

Please note this only applies to metal and heavy duty lockers. For further guidance or to find out more please call us on 01284 727626 or email


Joe Le Maire fight

Good luck Joe Le Maire in your next fight!!!

We would like to wish our ex employee Joe Le Maire the very best of luck in his upcoming fight on Saturday night.  Joe has stepped in at short notice as one of the original fighters pulled out. He was only recently offered to take the fight but luckily enough has maintained his fitness over the past few weeks.

Joe Le Maire in actionOn Saturday night Joe is fighting in the Roar combat league 16 which is the largest fighters league in the UK.

He has seen his opponent fight a few times before and agrees he is a good fighter.  Joe is competing to keep his UK number 2 ranking In the Bantamweight division.  He needs to meet the 52.5kg weight agreed.



Luckily for Joe he has already won several national titles as a junior.  He has 2 silver medals in Muay Thai world championships as a junior also. To date he has had 26 professional fights winning 14 and losing just 12.

We are proud to sponsor Joe in his training at Unit 1 Gym and wish him well in his next fight.  From our experience of working with him he is extremely reliable and has a positive attitude to work.  These characteristics work well when it comes to both selling lockers  and taking on your component in the ring.

Photo credits by “Jaron Sharples Images”


Half marathon success for our colleague

Congratulations Margaret on completing Half Marathon.

Our colleague Margaret had half marathon success yesterday.  She has now four under her belt and raised money for many charities.  Margaret is pictured with her team mates before the run in the Foyle Arena.  Nice to see our lockers in the background which were fitted by our team a few years ago.  Congratulations to her and all the runners contributing to RNIB.  For more information on the race visit



Design features to consider for Police Lockers

What design features should be considered for Police Lockers?

Choosing the best design features for police lockers needs careful consideration.  As police lockers are a taxpayer investment and used frequently, there are many points to consider.

police-officer-weaponsFirstly, it’s a good idea to estimate the items that each police officer will store.  All police equipment stored in lockers can be measured for approximate dimensions. A locker room provides a place to prepare officers for their next shift.  It’s also a place to switch off at the end of a busy one.  Spaces that are well planned and organised reduce stress and promote peace of mind. An organised layout with considered design features for police lockers will store all weapons, uniforms and other gear.

The most common items that need to be stored by our police force are:

  • Uniform on hangers
  • hat/helmet
  • duty belt
  • shoes
  • workout gear
  • towel
  • toiletries
  • personal gadgets
  • chargers  

This is a good starting point to determine the design features needed for police officers’ lockers. Some police officers might also need to store:

  • a radio 
  • cs gas canisters
  • body camera
  • a baton
  • flashlights
  • gloves
  • firearms and ammunition
  • taser and other weapons  

The following points are key design features to consider for Police Lockers:

  1. A Charging Station in Police Lockers

charging lockerCharging stations inside police lockers are important to keep devices in charge. Having charging lockers means gadgets can be charged during off hours and ready for use on the working day.

  1. Police Lockers with Drawers

police lockersDrawers provide a separate compartment and are great for storing heavier bulkier items such as boots. They can be the same depth as the locker.  Drawers can also be made deeper and fitted with a bench on top to serve as seat and provide additional storage.

  1. Police Lockers with Benches

If your locker room has space, providing a bench seat for uniform lockers is a good investment.  Police lockers with benches are fitted as a separate unit below the locker.  The more space available the deeper the drawer base and seat can be.  Providing a bench as a seat will make changing footwear etc a more comfortable experience.  These design features for police lockers should be considered according to the needs of each officer.

  1. A separate internal Locking Compartment

A separate compartment provides an extra layer of security for cash and other personal valuables.  It has its own locking compartment inside the locker. These internal compartments look almost like lockable cubes and can be secured with either a cam lock or padlock.

  1. Consider “Ventilation” as a design feature in Police Lockers

Many lockers are ventilated with louvers on the locker doors. Louvers on locker doors allows fresh air to circulate. If ventilation is a top priority you should consider installing ducts.  Ducts are an air extraction system which is concealed under the lockers’ sloped tops.  These ducts draw air out through the lockers and outside the building.

Frequently, drawer bases are ventilated to allow drying of wet boots and gear.  Small diamond sections are punched through the metal in various sizes and quantities.

  1. A Drying Rack or a Heated locker incorporated into the design?

A drying rack allows wet gear to be placed on a hanger and left to dry out naturally. These can be either mesh sections of locker shaped racks or static hanging rail sections.

heated locker unitA heated locker system on the other hand will dry the garments in a locked heated environment. This means wet clothing stored in metal lockers will be dry and ready for the next shift.  Heated lockers have a tube heater inserted below in a skirted locker stand. A perforated locker base allows warm air to circulate up through the inside of the locker.

Officers’ lives depend on their body armour vests so they need care and attention.  At best, they should be laid out to completely dry between shifts.

  1. “Shared Facilities” are a worthwhile design consideration 

Shared locker facilities maximises locker usage. It not only divides cost but is helpful to our environment also.  Designing lockers with these locker features will help you make the most of your investment.

  1. Durable Lockers are a key feature

Uniform lockers for the emergency services need to tough, secure and built to last.  When built from a heavy duty construction, these large volume lockers will suit almost any sort of police attire.

Storing kit, body armour, clothing and personal effects needs sturdy lockers to withstand years of daily use.  For added stability in security locker rooms the lockers can be secured back to back or wall mounted.

  1. Customise lockers for your police officers’ needs

Customise your police officer personal storage lockers by choosing from a variety of options.  These include police lockers with a separate locking compartments, charging facilities, drawers, a bench, and much more.

Uniform lockers can come with flat tops or sloped tops.  Sloped tops prevent items being stored on top of lockers and keep the locker room tidy.

Locking options include cam locks supplied with 2 keys as standard as well as the hasp and staple lock. You will incur additional costs for combination and coin return/retain locks.

  1. Which company is armed with the knowledge to incorporate these features into police lockers?

With full control over the process from beginning to end Helmsman can offer you a fully customised police locker.

Recently, our prime minister Boris Johnson stated a forthcoming shortfall of lockers for 20,000 police officers. Police officers will need  lockers to keep their kit safely stored away.   His department outlined equipment must be stored somewhere overnight and finding locker space would be the key. 

design and helmsmanWe are confident we can meet these demands and incorporate these design features into your police lockers.  It’s important to get professional advice on optimising your storage solution. Our team of professionals can provide you with information on our range of police locker options.  Contact us or outline your requirements in our quotation form.

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school lockers

15% OFF all school locker orders received by 31st July 2019

There’s no better time purchase your school lockers than right now.  We’re offering 15% off all school locker orders received by 31st July 2019. This will allow us to have your order delivered for the start of the new term in September 2019.

We have a range of lockers for schools from metal lockers, laminate lockers, gym lockers, charging lockers and cube lockers. These are all designed to suit the needs of teachers and pupils.  Using our 15% off all school locker orders will be of great significance especially with tight school budgets.  Please feel free to view all our lockers, fill out your details “get a quote” to help us deal with your request.

15% off school lockers

replacing school lockers

Are you thinking about replacing School Lockers?

When replacing school lockers many factors need to be considered.  This area needs careful consideration as this is a long-term investment in your schools future.  Here are some of the variables you could consider:

  1. They have become too old

Replacing School ImagesIf you’re thinking about replacing school lockers that are old and grubby, you may very well consider going for a complete new locker solution.  Old lockers will cause more trouble over time e.g. creaking doors, replacement locks and keys.  Locker graffiti dates the overall appearance of the school locker.

If the maintenance is becoming too costly, now might be the time to reinvest in a locker system that keeps costs down. Not only will it save you from costly maintenance but would also prove to be a better investment in the long run.  However, at your discretion some lockers may still be good enough with a new door or lock being replaced.

2. They’re past the stage of replacing parts

Many manufacturers offer replacements for locker parts.  These include parts such as hinges, locks, doors etc. The services are brilliant allowing schools and students to get along with their day to day operations.  However, when a school locker has a major amount of wear and tear and has undergone repairs many times the need to replace the locker intensifies.

  1. Several areas have rust

Rust on painted or protected steel surfaces will spread!  Not only is this unpleasant to look at, it can be harmful to open skin such as cuts.  Also rusted metal expands and breaks the protective coating which allows more rust to form.    This calls for a removal of the rusted lockers immediately to stop the spread.  Consideration should be given to the replacement lockers especially if they are exposed to wet gear.  An aluminium type locker is more suited to such an area.

  1. Visible damages have become an eye sore

replacing school lockersLockers which have had their doors either kicked in or dinted are probably the main factor that will influence a decision on whether to replace or up date. Fixing the dents is plausible on some occasions but the deeper the dint the more likely hood of a replacement door.

There are many types of doors available and if dents have been an issue in the past, you may want to consider replacing them. A laminate door can replace the metal door and is available in a range of colours and is much more durable.

  1. Space optimisation is needed

Over the years course content has changed, the materials used have been upgraded and our students have adapted to new ways of learning.  If your students are finding it difficult to store their belongings in the lockers, then it is time to upgrade the lockers.

In some subject courses the content is by way of white board learning and all the information is electronic.  However, there remains the need for printed copies for further learning in each subject area with large folders and heavy schoolbags.  Previous studies have pointed to back problems resulting from students carrying heavy schoolbags on their backs.  From a health and safety point of view, students should at least be given the choice to have a locker for the school year.  This allows them to carry specific subject materials between classes where possible.

The number of locker compartments needed is an important point to consider i.e. in some cases the number of students in the school.  The place where the lockers will be positioned needs consideration also.  This could be along a corridor or to a space already designated for lockers.  The width and depth of your student lockers should be discussed in detail to ensure the space available meets their needs.  Thereafter and space permitting, whether it’s two, three or four compartments this should give you an idea of the quantity of lockers to be purchased.

  1. Upgrading to locker types suitable for schools today?

charging lockerIf the standard locker doesn’t target the specific needs of your students, then it’s time to upgrade.  Since the growth of the internet, almost every student has a laptop or device with a charging facility.  Most locker manufacturers have adapted to this growing trend and incorporated a range of lockers to meet these demands.  Charging lockers suitable for laptops, phones and other devices offers security, meets their needs and is space optimising.

There are so many options that can take care of your specific needs.  A cube locker for example is a clever modular storage system and is designed to go almost anywhere. These may be the answer for storing small valuable items and can be supplied with a charging facility also.  You need to consider investing in a locker type that suits the world of a trending student of today.  The market has a variety of options available that also helps in bringing about a vibrant look to the school surroundings.

What to do with the old school locker?

When you have reinvested in new school lockers you have to consider what to do with the old ones.

Firstly, in keeping our environment safe repair lockers where possible.

Instead, you could donate them to a local charity and relieve yourself from any hassle. Consider contacting your nearest metal junk dealer as they may take away the lockers free of charge.  You could make use of a reliable auction website or offer to an online reuse network if the school lockers are still in good condition.

If they are in good condition, they could be taken to any Recycling Centre and placed in the re-use container.  Alternatively, your local borough or district council offers a charged bulky waste collection service.

replacing with new school lockersmetal lockersWhat to do now?

With education budgets under pressure it’s important to get professional advice on optimising your storage solution. We can help you by either providing an entire new locker system or by reusing some of your existing lockers with additional brand new lockers where required.  For more information either contact us or outline your requirements in our quotation form.

new look website launch

Helmsman New Look Website Launch

Welcome to Helmsman new look website launch. We are delighted to offer your this new design which offers easy navigation menus.  With this comes improved functionality that directs you to the information most relevant to you. It is also fully responsive with mobile devices.  This makes it easy to navigate on a wide range of web browsers and portable devices.

Going forward, we will communicate with you regularly through our Company News Blog , LinkedIn and Facebook .


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