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The increased size of many projects mean that planning applications may be determined under major development rules taking thirteen weeks rather than eight weeks.  Bennett and Co advise clients to get started early in looking at these projects.

Whether it’s new ‘green field’  sites or improvement of existing facilities, Bennett & Co are capable of dealing with detailed planning issues with local authorities, environmental and safety problems associated with demolition, designing solutions to alleviate potential noise nuisance, piling and complex foundations, as well as designing for drying and storing the crop to the client’s brief and providing health and safety planning within the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015.

Bennett & Co work with a number of specially selected subcontractors to produce high quality outcomes using market leading suppliers of steel frame buildings, silos, continuous flow grain driers, bulk handling equipment, grain cleaning and processing equipment, fans, modulating burners, grain stirrers, timber tunnels and drying floors and state of the art control and monitoring equipment.


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Bennett & Co changed a general purpose barn into a 400 tonne box potato store for A J & C J Large at Sutton Bridge.  This resulted in the Larges experiencing significant quality improvement over their other bulk potato store with increased sale values and profit earned.  The store had been insulated with 75mm of spray foam and Farm Electronics louvres, controls and mixer box installed.  Following this their bulk potato store has had the same treatment so now they are benefiting from all their crop being stored in the right conditions to make the premium prices.  Again, the building has been insulated with spray foam and a similar system of Farm Electronics louvres, controls and mixer box installed.
Ambient Potato Box Store in Lincolnshire
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The increasing number of growers with potato stores spread over a wide area increases the need for remote monitoring. This can be as simple as a GSM auto dialler providing text messages giving warning of problems in the store or full computer monitoring and control.  Bennett and Co offer control systems to meet any client need.

A large number of insulated motorised louvres have been supplied fitted into stores being up rated.  For quality and purpose we have chosen Farm Electronics louvres.

In addition to this we are able to supply PV solar panel arrays for barn roofs and for powering control equipment in remote locations.

Improvements to air flows using suction wall ducts ensure more even air distribution and distribution of  sprout suppressant materials.  At there most sophisticated they can be timber framed with ply facing and slots cut to ensure an even air distribution across the box face and internal stairways creating safe access to the top of the boxes.  At simplest a tailored plastic sheet can be suspended from the roof down to the box height.

Farm electronics mixer boxes and motorised louvres
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Grain silos with stirrersBennett and Co has completed a number of major projects with the emphasis on grain stirring, a drying technique that Mike Bennett has been involved with since its earliest introduction into the UK both on floor and in silo.

We were approached by a client near King’s Lynn to replace their old silos and continuous flow drier with three 1000 tonne stirrer silos.  The project commenced with the demolition of the old facility in the second week in April and was ready to take grain at the end of July, just in time for an early harvest.

Working closely with DanCorn on the detailed design and project management Bennett and Co were able to obtain good lead times due to DanCorn’s large stock holding in Denmark and speedy erection with their own team.

It is vitally important that silo bases are cast to the close tolerances required for the drying floors and DanCorn believe the bases cast for these silos are some of the best they have seen so far.  In addition the ground work contractors had to construct an intake pit for 18 tonnes of grain.  The silos are loaded by 120tph conveying equipment and unloaded using sweep and discharge augers which load directly into a lorry.  A number of control features have been added not normally included on DanCorn systems, such as monitoring and controlling crop temperature following drying, monitoring stirrer and controlling discharge auger functions.  This has been achieved working with TRYAC who built the control panels and Bennett and Co’s electrical sub-contractors who already had experience with DanCorn systems.