Project brief

Warehouse pallet racking for Bowker Transport

Bowker’s is known for providing complete warehousing and logistics solutions for ambient food ingredients, packaging, and finished goods for some of the world's leading food manufacturers, distributors, and retailers. Bowker’s needed to expand their storage capacity to meet the requirements of their growing customer base and acquired a 165,000 sq ft food-grade warehouse near Doncaster.

The challenge

Bowker’s brief was to increase the storage capacity of the warehouse to store over 31,000 pallets. The project had to be completed within a tight time frame, and the building also had floor-loading challenges which added to the complexity of the timescales, and racking design.

The acquired warehouse had been fitted out by Stamina Handling with Link 51 racking. The previous occupant of the warehouse had been impressed by Stamina’s knowledge and expertise and recommended us to Bowker.

Stamina Handling project team worked closely with Bowker to plan and design the space to expand the capabilities of the existing racking to allow for a capacity of 31000 pallets and overcome the floor loading issues. The installation required a combination of new pallet racking, upright racking protectors, and protective barriers in line with Health & Safety Executive (HSE) guidance.
One of the main constraints facing Stamina Handling on this project was the tight timescales. As Bowker had not secured the lease on the warehouse, Stamina Handling's solution was to offer a money-back guarantee on the deposit for the manufacturing of the racking. This shortened the lead time and kept the project on track for completion.

The installation took 12 weeks to complete and was well within the scheduled lead time.

Stamina Handling have proved to be very knowledgeable and flexible throughout this project and as specialists in Link 51 racking they were perfectly placed to supply and install this system.

We had very tight timescales and a few challenges and they have delivered exactly what they said they were going to do, within timescales and to budget and we will undoubtedly use them again on future projects.
Nick Brightey, Regional Director, Bowker