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Loading bay redesigned

12 December 2012

Stertil Stokvis has completed a loading bay installation for Waitrose, valued at £373,000, on a new chilled warehouse at its distribution centre in Bracknell. The skeletal construction of the Waitrose building means t

Stertil Stokvis has completed a loading bay installation for Waitrose, valued at £373,000, on a new chilled warehouse at its distribution centre in Bracknell.

The skeletal construction of the Waitrose building means that its structural steelwork is installed on the outside. Also, the main building is piled and floating, with the dock and warehouse floors moving separately to the rest of the building.

During loading and unloading, the food retailer had been experiencing problems with toppling milk trolleys and damage to dock shelters as well as buffer problems.

These factors led the company to redesign the whole dock area.

Stertil Stokvis obliged supplying pre-cast concrete loading bays for 31 dock levellers.

These included 17 P Series parallelogram dock levellers and 14 X Series telescopic lip levellers.

Additional equipment included 31 doors, 14 WIS combination seals, seven foam dock pads, traffic lights, PE bumpers and composite control panels.

"The site is completely transformed," says Colin Robson of Waitrose. "We now have reliable, high-performance dock equipment which allows us to load and unload vehicles quickly and efficiently, without the levels of damage and spillages we were experiencing before."
 
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