Upgrading a barn for grain storage with drying floor
Jonathon Flint runs a farm in Rutland where he grows wheat, barley and some oilseed rape and also rents out 50 acres of grassland for sheep. At DPL, we originally built a new barn for him in 2010. Then he contacted us about upgrading it to use as a grain store.
A modern streamlined grain storage system that saves time and looks smarter
“I approached DPL because they had done a good job on the original building a couple of years earlier – after two fires in 50 years, the grain barn hadn’t been looking its best and they replaced it with a new one. Now we knew we wanted an air floor and were rather erring towards metal. DPL offered me advice about the different options and arranged for me to look at another metal-based grain storage system they’d installed. I found it fascinating. It seemed to tick all the boxes and, talking to the farmer, they were very happy with it.
They are always very thorough
For budget reasons, we did part of the work ourselves but DPL built the vast majority and mediated between the design and the fitting. It was the dovetailing [into our own work] that really helped. Most of them have worked on farms previously and understood the idiosyncrasies.
It’s the people that count
Getting a quote from DPL was simple and straightforward and they stuck to it. They’re easy to deal with, which is important. They took an interest in what I wanted and discussed it in detail with me. They are always very good at offering assistance.
They can transform the idea of what I want…
They told me what was too expensive, giving economic alternatives. So we have replaced an awkward old system with a modern, streamlined one. It looks smart and tidy and it’s less time consuming. The grain store is also for the next generation.
Word of mouth got me involved originally with DPL
A member of my family knew David at DPL. I’ve now been able to recommend them too. I have a friend in the motor trade and when he saw what DPL were doing, he asked me who they were and whether I would recommend them? I said yes and I believe he’s now having a building done by them.”
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