Inverurie firm awarded Montrose Dock contract

INVERURIE architectural firm William Lippe Architects Ltd have been commissioned by the UK’s largest farmer owned grain handling and storage business for a 43,000-tonne storage facility at Montrose Docks.

The Inverurie firm have been appointed as the architects and contract administrators who will head up the design team and management of this £8.1 million project which has led to Angus Cereals linking with Openfield.

The joint venture, which has been backed by a £2.26 million grant from the Scottish Government, will provide modern docking facilities within easy reach of one of Scotland’s main growing areas.

Talking of the proposed facility, William Lippe stated that a successful feasibility study was conducted early in 2010 to establish the possibility of this large grain store and handling plant.

The project has been granted Planning Consent and Building Warrant approval and has been tendered. An initial £500,000 piling contract is due to commence in December.

Commenting on his company’s involvement in the project, Mr Lippe said, “This is an exiting project serving the Angus area and comes on the back of a successful similar project for Aberdeen Grain at Whiterashes. This is a complex structure involving piling, large steel members and significant ground works on the pier. The plant and equipment fit out involves much pre-fabrication offsite and will allow buildings to be ready for 2011 harvest.”

It was in Spring 2010 that Angus Cereals secured the project’s three acre site within Montrose Port on the southern side of the harbour.

The site is immediately adjacent to the new deep water berth development currently underway as part of the Port Authority’s development plans.

With their new facility Angus Cereals aim to provide the highest level of service to both farmer members and consumers alike, and will help secure the long-term future of grain growing in the area as it will provide improved efficiency benefits to all parties.

Talking of the proposed facility, Farm Business Manager Gavin Will of Openfield stated: “The expected capacity will be 43,000-tonnes which will be a range of combinable crops including malting barley, feed barley, feed wheat, OSR and milling oats.

The central store objective is one of farmer collaboration and addressing the inherent inefficiencies in the current cereal supply chain.” He added, “The quayside location maximises these efficiencies as one haul from farm to quayside store puts many commodities in the prime location. Compare this to the current structure in most cases of moving from farm to store then from store to quayside and the benefits to the grower of owning a facility quayside start to become significant.

These efficiencies combined with ease of harvest management and strengthening of marketing position through collaboration are the drivers for Angus Cereals.”