Bowker are one of the UK’s largest private operators, specialising in food, pharmaceutical, and chemical logistics. Having acquired a new 165,000 sq ft warehouse facility in Thorne, near Doncaster, Stamina Handling was appointed to design, supply and install a bespoke storage solution.

Project Brief

Bowker 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 them 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 constraint facing Stamina Handling on this project was the tight timescales. As Bowker had not secured the lease on the warehouse, Stamina Handling solution was to offer a money back guarantee on the deposit so the manufacturing of the racking to shorten the lead time and keep it on track for completion. The  installation took 12 weeks to complete and 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 the 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 will undoubtedly use them again on future projects.

Nick Brightey, Regional Director, Bowker