New 21,000 tonne mega-store under construction
Work started in January on the new grain store, which is being built for PX Farms, based at Dry Drayton. The building, which covers just under 3,000 sq metres, will have a total capacity of 21,000 tonnes, split into three 7,000 tonne bays, one of which is designed for storing oilseed rape.
In all, some 200 tonnes of steel will be used in the construction of the building, which is being fabricated in Simpson & Allinson’s factory at Barnard Castle in Co Durham. Each of the main stanchions is 1.0m wide and the largest piece is 16 metres long and weighs 4 tonnes.
The concrete grain panelling will be up to 13 metres high, which is believed to be the highest ever used, and five lorry loads of panels will be needed just for each end wall.