Colorado Group

Quaker Oats


Quaker Oats is part of the PepsiCo group of companies, which also includes the Walkers Crisps brand. Quaker has been milling oats in Cupar, Scotland since 1899 and prides itself on its green credentials, including careful control of boiler emissions and wet particles.

With Colorado Group’s focus on sustainability, we were the ideal partner for the construction of a new 900m² warehouse for Quaker Oats. The warehouse is for the storage and distribution of Oats So Simple and other food products made in Cupar.

After winning the project through a competitive tender process, Colorado Group worked with the design team to engineer over £100K of savings into the scheme through rationalising the drainage layout proposals and the heating system to the new warehouse. Colorado Group was also able to propose alternate methods of forming and supporting the quaker2new low-level docking bays. These savings assisted Quaker Oats in building the new facility within its budget without reducing the size of the warehouse or losing any amenity to the new building.

The new units incorporated four docking bays for transport, doubling the loading capacity of the site. Nearly 2,000m² of new concrete hard-standing and roads were laid to provide access, turning and external storage areas.

After handing over the new warehouse, the second phase of the project involved the refurbishment of an existing area of the Canning Building including breaking out and laying an extensive new concrete slab.

Colorado extended the drainage and infrastructure to accommodate the new warehouse, installed new lighting and sprinkler systems, fire detection and alarms, and provided general power and a lightning protection system to the new steel-framed structure.quaker3

Project at a glance

  • Two-stage project
  • 900m² warehouse followed by refurbishment of existing building
  • £100k of savings from Colorado’s experts
  • Four new docking bays
  • New concrete hardstanding and roads
  • Installation of amenities and safety equipment to existing building


Update February 2011 : We have secured the contract to ‘Construction Manage’ the new milling facility that will feed the Jones 3 line which is being installed this year. Works include infrastructure and the installation of a new mill from Switzerland


Lead Consultant: Summers Inman, Leicester

Value: £900,000

Structural Engineer:AECOM, Edinburgh

Project duration: ongoing