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Asgard installation team moves Paralympian’s Centurion Bike Shed

Secured by Design member company Asgard Secure Steel Storage continues their ongoing support for British athletes, this time relocating one of their previously donated sheds for a Paralympian.

Back in 2020, Asgard collaborated with Paralympian Claire Cashmore and partner Dave Ellis gifting them a Centurion Bike Shed x 6 - a Secured by Design accredited walk-in bike storage shed. The bike shed came at the perfect time, Claire and Dave got very creative with the Centurion bicycle shed, using it to turbo train in the heat and they even tethered themselves to the shed to swim consistently in a back garden pool.

Fast forward to 2023, Claire and Dave had moved home and were missing their bike shed. Measuring 5ft x 9ft and weighing over 46 stone, a Centurion metal shed is a little trickier to relocate than Asgard’s previous shed moves for Paralympian Jody Cundy and Olympian Elinor Barker’s Access sheds. Due to the large construction and siliconed panels, dismantling and reconstructing the Centurion bike shed whilst maintaining a high-quality finish is no small task.

You can view the shed move here.

Stuart from the Asgard Shed Installation Team said: “We can’t blame Claire and Dave for wanting to keep their Centurion bicycle shed - it’s a great piece of kit! As the Centurion 5ft x 9ft shed uses optional silicone to ensure 100% weatherproof construction, separating the panels takes a little longer. We decided to keep the majority of the panels together and divide them into extra large pieces - the sides, back and roof. This allowed us to minimise any damage.”

Claire Cashmore MBE said: “The shed is amazing! It’s made such a difference having somewhere secure to put my bike. I am also hoping to use it as a turbo room for a bit of heat prep."

SBD Technical Manager Alfie Hosker said: “This is a brilliant example of the Asgard products not only offering a robust level of security against an opportunist criminal but demonstrates that they are built to last and can be moved in line with peoples busy / changing lifestyles.”

Who Is Claire Cashmore?

Since we last caught up with Claire, she’s gained another medal claiming Bronze in Tokyo 2020, making her a five-time Paralympian! Claire is also a two-time European and five-time British champion. Claire started off in swimming and transitioned to triathlon after the Rio 2016 games. Claire may also be recognisable from Channel 4’s Meet the Superhumans campaign in 2012, as she was on billboards across the country and spoke openly about her disability, as she was born without a left forearm.

Who is Dave Ellis?

Originally Dave Ellis was a Paralympic swimmer representing GB at the Beijing Games, however after narrowly missing out on the London 2012 Paralympics, he joined Claire in becoming a Triathlete. Dave instantly smashed it in the Triathlon circuit becoming a five-time world and five-time European champion. He has less than 10% vision and races with a guide through the 3 sections of the triathlon. Unfortunately, Dave had a broken bike chain at Tokyo 2020 and withdrew from the race - team Asgard and team Secured by Design are hoping to see him again at the Paris 2024 where hopefully he’ll have more luck.

What is the Centurion Bike Shed x6?

The Centurion Bike Shed x6 is a walk-in bicycle shed with an apex roof and double door access and measures 5ft wide by 9ft deep. This metal shed model is one of Asgard’s high-security sheds with Loss Prevention Certification Board level 1 certification, UK Locksmith Association Board approval, and of course Secured by Design accredited status. These excellent accreditations are due to Asgard’s reinforced galvanised steel panels and doors, an integral metal base that can be bolted to the floor, welded hinges and a 5-point locking system. The locking mechanism features an EN1303-rated pick-and-drill resistant lock, the highest level of durability, temperature and corrosion resistance and features deadbolts behind the door. All these security features alongside a unique ventilation system, give cycling enthusiasts and professional cyclists the confidence that their bikes are safe, secure and dry.

You can find out further details on Asgard and all of their products which have achieved SBD’s Police Preferred Specification here.