Estrel Employee Changing Rooms
Trend-setting and chic: Estrel Berlin invests 300,000 euros in automated locker system and locker room conversion
Away from conventional lockers - towards spacious changing rooms with a feel-good ambience. One dream, one action: Estrel Berlin implemented the installation of an automated locker system, which with its space-saving system offered completely new possibilities for the entire changing area: Where previously there were classic lockers for almost 1,000 permanent and freelance employees, the Estrel is able to think and design in a completely new way now.
The Estrel is the first hotel in Germany to have a mechanized locker system that manages workwear and other work textiles for each employee individually, from dropping off dirty laundry to issuing freshly cleaned uniforms, completely automatically. The new locker system currently includes 1,000 hanging points for spacious garment bags in which employees can store their change of clothes, including shoes, and receive their cleaned textiles in a separate compartment. The entire system is flexible and expandable and can therefore be perfectly adapted to the needs of Europe's largest hotel, congress & entertainment center in the future. 500 lockable compartments are additionally available for short-term use, for example for motorcycle and bicycle helmets or valuables.
Thanks to the installation of the space-saving locker system, it was possible to expand and completely redesign the changing area for employees. The spacious locker rooms now feature large mirrored walls with Hollywood-style lighting, hair dryers and a permanently installed ironing station. The locker room area also features showers, drinking fountains and shoe shine machines for employees. A lounge in the entrance area is designed to promote communication among employees.
All of the facilities are visually reminiscent of high-quality fitness studios or changing rooms in exclusive fashion stores. With great attention to detail, the Estrel personnel management took care of the complete interior design in an industrial-shabbychic look - from the seating made of old wooden planks from facade construction to metal pipes that were converted into clothes rails. The entire conversion of the changing rooms took three months and cost 300,000 euros. This investment is another building block for strengthening employee loyalty at the Estrel. In addition to a shared apartment for new employees who have not yet found a place to live in Berlin and the Hotel & Restaurant Schloss Britz run by the Estrel trainees, the Estrel also offers a comprehensive range of further training courses, regular team events, health and sports courses, benefits for restaurants, theaters, hotels and public transport, and a company pension plan as standard.