Thatchers Bonded Warehouse

Clarkebond was appointed to provide a wide range of engineering services to Thatchers for the proposed development of a new bonded warehouse at their Myrtle Farm premises in Sandford in Somerset.

The Myrtle Farm site is currently home to the company’s main production and packaging facility and also the Thatchers Exhibition Orchard where over 458 different varieties of apples are grown. The new development will provide a further 4500m2 of bonded warehouse space with undercover loading bays, additional parking for both cars and trailers and a warehouse yard.

Clarkebond has provided a full range of pre-planning services for the scheme including ground investigation, flood risk assessment, earthworks modelling, foundation, structural and drainage design. The proposal has had to take account of a public footpath that crosses through site from the nearby Railway Inn to The Strawberry Line, a former railway line, now a cycle way, and a permissive path.

The new warehouse building will be connected to the existing Jubilee Building by a product bridge which will pass at high level over the footpath to transport goods from one building to the other.

A planning application for the scheme was submitted to North Somerset Council in autumn 2016 and approval has now been received.