Thomas Ridley

Modular dock leveller pods fitted at Grade II listed distribution centre – with dock extensions under low canopy


  • Goal/s: Increase DC level-access loading capacity, enable double decking
  • Product/s: Bespoke warehouse extension; 5-pallet V2G yard lifts
  • Vehicle/s: Rigids, fixed double deck artics
  • Load Capacity: 5 pallets plus operator
  • SWL: 6500kg
  • Added Work/s: Site survey, modular temperature-controlled extension 
  • Install Time: 4 days for total project
  • Result/s: Saved 157,000 miles, 190,000 kg CO2 and £200,000 p.a.

The Client

Thomas Ridley Foodservice provides a total solution for the catering industry, delivering a range of chilled, ambient and frozen products locally and nationally to pubs, restaurants, hotels, nursing homes, hospitals, schools and leisure facilities. To support continued growth, the company aimed to enhance loading and storage capacity at its Bury St Edmunds NDC.

The Project

Transdek designed a modular warehouse extension for the level-access NDC, with a single doorway expanded to three bays. Three 5-Pallet V2G Yard Lifts were also specified to load new fixed double deck trailers and rigids to ground level. The surface-mounted extension and V2G lifts were fitted with composite panel doors, sealed to the main warehouse and insulated to a high specification.

The Results

Thomas Ridley gained two additional temperature-controlled loading bays and the ability to quickly and safely load all of its goods vehicles. The entire project was finished in under 4 days, enabling the company to introduce double deck trunking, which has saved over 157,000 miles, 190,000 kg CO2 and £200,000 p.a.

“From the start Transdek understood our requirements. They provided a one-stop supply chain solution approach, which improves our existing infrastructure and has resulted in a highly efficient, fully integrated loading and distribution model that meets our specific requirements. It’s also flexible and can adapt as our business expands in the future.”

Distribution Manager at Thomas Ridley Foodservice