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Temporary building helps potato business keep supplies moving

04 October 2017

The installation of a new type of temporary building which can withstand harsher weather conditions is helping a Scottish potato supplier deliver additional orders.

Greenvale’s site at Duns near Berwick upon Tweed needs extra space and has turned to temporary building solutions provider Spaciotempo once again to provide more room on its current site.   Whether Greenvale has a short term seasonal need to a longer requirement, the firm has found the use of Spaciotempo’s temporary buildings to be a valuable resource at times of need.

Founded over 40 years ago, Greenvale is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of fresh potatoes, handling over 500,000 tonnes of potatoes every year. It is part of AIM listed Produce Investments PLC. Greenvale is a fully integrated potato business, from breeding and growing potatoes through to packaging, distribution and marketing for the retail, wholesale and food service sectors.  Greenvale delivers high quality potatoes to its customers who include leading retailers Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Co-op and key food manufacturers Birds Eye, McCain, Young’s and Bakkavör.

Greenvale also provides potatoes for some of the top restaurants in the UK and, those that don’t make the grade for the supermarkets, restaurants or food processing operations, are not left to waste but provide much-needed stock fodder for cattle and pigs.

Spaciotempo has provided Greenvale with its latest “Oxygen” model which is structurally calculated to withstand wind speeds of up to 28 metres per second.  It is the first of its kind available in the UK.  Parts of Scotland reach a windspeed of 25 metres per second but this can be higher – up to 28mps - in the Highlands and Islands.  This makes the “Oxygen” model ideal for the region.

Greenvale’s Packaging Manager, Daniel Romaines, said not only did Spaciotempo provide the temporary building, but the company also came up with an innovative way of making the best use of a tight space on their site.

Mr Romaines said: “We were not able to add a temporary extension onto the current permanent building, but needed the two buildings to be as close as possible.  The space we had for the extension was tight.  Some rough sketches were drawn up and we were able to discuss the options with the team at Spaciotempo who helped make adjustments along the way.

“They have given us a new model which has lower sides and a higher roof, which is 20 metres wide and 30 metres long.  They have also designed and installed a link way to the main building from the new building.  It was all about good communication and that is what we got from Spaciotempo.”

The current building is used to wash and grade the potatoes. The extension provided by Spaciotempo will house the equipment for which there is no longer any room in the main block due to additional orders.  The equipment consists of pallets, trays and cases which are packed ready for delivery to customers.

“We chose Spaciotempo because they had provided a temporary building for our site in Cambridgeshire. We had a good experience with the company.”

Managing Director of Spaciotempo, Scott Jameson, said: “We were delighted to work with Greenvale again.  This time with our latest Oxygen model which was designed and manufactured at our factory in France. Like our other temporary buildings, it has been manufactured using materials that provide protection against frost and condensation.

“More than that, we designed it to be able to withstand harsher weather conditions and faster wind speeds which can be an issue in both parts of England and in Scotland.  It also offers customers the option of a wider span than other temporary buildings, up to 36m of clear space, which ultimately enables more storage.”

Mr Jameson said in Greenvale’s case it was the lack of space that was an issue and the link walkway was an original way of dealing with it.

 “Our team understood Greenvale needed to make the best use of the space available, listening and understanding the firm’s need to then develop an innovative solution that would work for them at this exciting time in their business.”