Richardson Milling UK set to transform their Bedford base!

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Great news for long-standing Bedford employer, Richardson Milling UK (formerly Jordans Cereals) having secured planning consent to transform their site on Mile Road.

Woods Hardwick’s planners, architects and engineers have worked together to deliver a masterplan that will allow Richardson Milling UK to expand their existing milling and production facility.

The current site has limited opportunity to expand existing buildings, with the new masterplan helping to improve vehicle movements in and out of the site, reducing existing HGV traffic using the Mile Road entrance and making better use of a new HGV entrance off Windsor Road.

The new masterplan is set to transform and enhance the street scene along Mile Road and Windsor Road, improving the surroundings for local residents and enhance what is a main route into Bedford town centre.

By expanding the facility and increasing capacity by upwards of 35%, this investment will improve all operational aspects of the plant, from intake and warehousing capabilities to logistics and distribution. A full overhaul of the site footprint will result in greater operational efficiencies, modernisation, and enhanced storage capacity.

“We are very excited about the expansion project, as it will establish our facility at Bedford as one of the most efficient, competitive oat mills in both the United Kingdom and Europe,” says Carl Smith (Plant Manager, Bedford).

He added: “Richardson is focused on continuous investment and best in class assets – this plan further emphasises our commitment to the oat milling product line on a global basis.”

Richard Maddock, director for Woods Hardwick Planning, said: “This was a fantastic project to work on and as a multidiscipline practice we were able to support Richardson Milling UK throughout the scheme.

The long term impact the masterplan will have on company production and the wider community makes this a successful project.”

Congratulations to the whole project team, which also included Cass Allen, Encon Associates, Anna French Associates and Andrew Belson.