John Bywater

High stakes for goods exposed to high winds

The challenge

Rapid growth in the business was causing a pinch point in the joined goods receiving and despatch area of the warehouse.


The solution

To install a canopy that would alleviate the pressure on space, create room for additional storage and boost efficiency of the operations process.

Key facts 

  • Busy pallet network
  • Wind exposure
  • Damaged goods
  • Steel cladding
  • No planning permission

Project overview

From its operations hub in Dover, John Bywater Transport Ltd offers it’s customers domestic and international freight services including general haulage, warehousing and storage. Being part of a busy pallet network that promises swift, safe and fast delivery, they are accustomed to quick turnarounds.   Hannah Bywater explains, “typically we receive four double deck trailers each morning, which need to be carefully offloaded and reloaded again onto other vehicles.  During the winter months, without any shelter, goods were being damaged when exposed to the wind and rain and we were facing insurance claims for pallets that had got wet.”

A fabric-covered structure was the best solution for them as it could be installed quickly, easily and without planning permission. Initially financed through our rental scheme, they have subsequently chosen to purchase the building and add steel cladding to the surround.  This has helped to enhance durability and provide additional protection from the winds, which are particularly strong at their high location in Kent.

After 14 years it remains fit for purpose and Hannah says,“ Being able to keep pallets under cover has significantly helped to reduce the number of insurance claims being raised.”