AKP required Harrison to develop a state-of-the-art storage and grading plant to complement facilities which process and distribute potatoes in the UK and overseas. In 2011 we built a 3,200-square metre chilled potato store incorporating five individual stores capable of holding 8,000 tonnes of potatoes. The project was built over a very short time scale to ensure its readiness for the potato harvest in September, without compromising on the quality of the build.
Harrison also constructed a new 4,000-square feet, two-storey office building to accommodate AKP’s continued expansion. The premises included a boardroom, fully furnished kitchen, large open-plan offices and several individual office areas. The building was finished to a high standard, incorporating many unique features specified by the client, including an American Walnut staircase with stainless steel handrails.
Richard Arundel, Managing Director at AKP, said: “AKP have worked with Harrison on previous developments, including projects undertaken on behalf of many of our grower clients, and we know that they provide consistent quality and reliability.”
Gel Systems Ltd is a global supplier and developer of premixes, gelling agents and stabilisers for both the pet and food industries. In 2009 the company appointed Harrison to construct a new purpose-built factory with production and storage space together with office and laboratory facilities. Harrison’s work also included consultancy to find and secure the most suitable land for the client’s operational needs, followed by full design and planning services incorporating all the requirements outlined in a detailed brief.
The project included the design and installation of a balancing lagoon to allow surface water discharge into the surrounding ditches and rivers at a controlled rate. The site was surrounded with palisade fencing and an external concrete apron was laid to assist with the delivery and loading of vehicles.
James Gladwin from Kirton Lindsey, near Gainborough, appointed Harrison to build a 3,000-tonne grain store, incorporating a low-volume ventilation system and two grain drying floors. Comprising 1,080 square metres, the building was constructed with a galvanised finish to the steelwork and incorporated concrete grain storage panelling with stirrers to aid the drying of the grain.
The scheme included a large concrete apron to the front of the building to assist with the movement of grain to and from the store. James Gladwin praised Harrison’s ability to work to tight deadlines and commented on the superior quality of the company’s work. Over the years Harrison have established excellent working relationships with a range of farms seeking to increase their production with new and upgraded facilities across their estates. We have a strong understanding of the particular demands of their sector, including the compression of build programmes to meet seasonal schedules.