UK’s ‘most modern’ cold store completed in Boroughbridge

Reed Boardall, the chilled food storage and distribution businesses, has completed a year-long, multi-million-pound project to expand its sole site at Boroughbridge, turning it into what it claims is the “most extensive and modern cold-storage facility in the country”.

Friday, 21st May 2021, 6:20 pm
Directors Graeme Richardson, Andrew Baldwin and Marcus Boardall outside Reed Boardall's extended cold store in Boroughbridge.
Directors Graeme Richardson, Andrew Baldwin and Marcus Boardall outside Reed Boardall's extended cold store in Boroughbridge.

The Boroughbridge company employs almost 800 staff, has a 196-strong fleet of distribution lorries, and counts all the main supermarkets among its customers.

The 110,000 sq ft extension to its newest cold store will give the business the capacity to handle its customers’ growth and to manage peaks in usage at the 55-acre site.

Marcus Boardall, chief executive of Reed Boardall said: “Despite intense pressure on the supply chain in 2020, we were able to undertake and complete the extension project on schedule.

“From the turmoil of the pandemic to uncertainties around Brexit, we and our customers have faced some real challenges over the last year, and this latest investment makes us well-placed to continue to swiftly and efficiently respond to our customers’ changing logistics requirements.”

Led by Andrew Baldwin, managing director of Reed Boardall’s cold storage division, the project got underway in March 2020 with Leeds-based Marshall (Building Contractors) once again acting as primary contractor. Featuring the latest mobile racking system, the extended cold store follows the successful template already established at the Boroughbridge site.

Mr Baldwin said: “Our customers’ ongoing organic growth has resulted in increased storage and distribution needs and we are happy to invest in the infrastructure which will enable us to continue to look after their best interests and to grow alongside them. We have undertaken this project to align ourselves with our customers, and, as a business, it’s vital that we continue to move forward.”

Reed Boardall is one of the largest temperature-controlled food distribution businesses in the UK, storing and delivering frozen food from manufacturers across Britain, Europe and further afield to the UK’s supermarkets.

Operating 24 hours a day, year round, it delivers 12,000 pallets of frozen food daily for its clients as well as providing a range of complementary services, including ancillary blast-freezing, picking and packing.