Starting from just a few shipping containers on that small corner of land to over 5000 storage units across our stores today, we have learned a few things on the way and hope that we will delight you with both our customer service and our modern and safe storage facilities.
Our company vision can be summarised simply as: Delivering Standards of Excellence. At Space Station, it’s our mission to provide safe and secure self-storage facilities to both businesses and private customers – something we’ve been doing successfully for nearly 40 years.
Space Station was founded by former McClaren Formula 1 team manager Alastair Caldwell, way back in 1983. His career was a huge success with endless highlights, with the most notable being the glory years of 1974-76 and his management of legendary driver James Hunt.
During his time with the F1, Alastair embarked on a world tour, and it was a trip to the US that sparked his idea for Space Station. After admiring the innovative self-storage facilities across the US, he decided to bring the business idea back across the pond, making Space Station one of the UK’s earliest storage pioneers.
The very first Space Station store was opened in Colbrook in 1983, and quickly the business started to expand. 50 containers grew to 100, and before Alastair knew it a second site in Brentford (now known as Chiswick) was born. 1992 introduced the Isleworth store, followed by our Slough store in 1997.
The early noughties saw the launch of Uxbridge and Swiss Cottage, while Kings Heath and St John’s Wood opened later in 2015, and Cricklewood in 2018. Shrewsbury store joined the family in May 2021 followed by Daventry on 1st October.
Today, Space Station has over 5000 self storage units across our stores, and was acquired by Heitman – a global real estate investment management firm – in October 2020
Space Station timeline
Alastair Caldwell, a former McLaren team manager quits racing and decides to open a self storage business.
Space Station is born. First site in Colnbrook opens for business, run by Alastair with the help of daughter Ruth and father David.
New site opens in Chiswick. Ruth sleeping on the floor of the empty site, safeguarding it.
Old railway yard at Brentford Station bought and transformed for self storage
Isleworth store opens
Expansion along the M4 corridor to Slough, which became the Space Station head office.
Uxbridge store opens in West London.
First managed facility joins the group; Lockaway in Swiss Cottage, North London.
Two stores opened in February, Kings Heath in Birmingham and St John’s Wood in North London.
Third North London store opens in Cricklewood.
Second Birmingham store opens in Solihull.
Space Station acquires Rent-a-Store in Shrewsbury and Squab in Daventry.
A cluster of new stores opened in the midlands at Hall Green, Stirchley and Castle Bromwich.
Our vision and values
Exceptional service is in our blood. Ensuring our standards are second-to-none is at the heart of everything we do, and our team works hard to make sure your experience with Space Station is something you’ll never forget.
Since opening our very first store, our goal has always been to provide the best self-storage experience possible. Whether you’re with us for a few weeks or a few years, our aim is to provide the perfect solution to your storage problems – whatever they may be.
We take great pride in our facilities, investing and updating them regularly to make sure they’re as clean, secure and as convenient as possible.
We consider our amazing staff as family, and invest in their wellbeing, training and development to ensure they’re always able to deliver outstanding customer service. If you ever have any questions, queries or concerns, please don’t hesitate to give them a call or pay a visit to your local Space Station store. We’re always here to help!
What we offer
Whether you’re looking for a locker-sized unit to safely store documents, or you need a storage unit that can fit the entire contents of your home while you relocate, we’re confident we’ll have exactly what you need at Space Station.
Our wide selection of storage units comes in all shapes and sizes, and are available for short or long-term hire across our stores in London, Berkshire, Birmingham and the Midlands. Perfect for business or personal use, just select your unit and it’ll be yours in no time.
We aim to offer our customers a full, all-inclusive service to make everything as easy as possible. With our complimentary removal service, we’ll pick up your items directly from your door, and pack them into your unit for you, free of charge (we just ask you to store with us for at least two months in a unit larger than 15sqft). We even have an onsite store for packing supplies, crates available to hire and – if you’d like extra peace of mind – we can insure your goods for you when you sign up.
At Space Station, we’re proud to support a number of charities in our communities. We’re committed to helping those in need by regularly making donations, running fundraisers and contributing both our time and our products. In addition, we donate £5 to one of our chosen charities every time we receive a review on Trustpilot.
For 2021, we’re delighted to be supporting local charities based near our stores. You can find out more about our chosen charities here.
Our head office team
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