Pickstock Telford’s New Processing Facility Officially Opens
Pickstock Construction joined the team at Pickstock Telford Ltd, along with special guests to celebrate the completion of its new meat processing plant in Hortonwood, Telford.
Pickstock Construction worked alongside J-Ross Developments Ltd and Pickstock Telford to develop, design and build the 85,000sq ft state of the art facility.
The Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP, Secretary for Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs officially opened the plant on Monday 2nd June.
Mal Arthur, Senior Contracts Manager for Pickstock Construction commented, “We were all very pleased to see the Secretary of State officially open the new facility after so much hard work and determination to get this absolutely right for Pickstock Telford.” Mal added “So much thought has gone into every inch of this facility, the opening ceremony is a great way to celebrate its completion.”
Pickstock Construction started on site in January of 2013 with the ground preparation works. In addition to the main facility, Pickstock Construction also built a separate office building, service yard and car parking. The plant began operation a year later in January 2014.
The facility is the latest of its kind in the country and one of the only plants in Europe to have every process under its 85,000sq ft roof from the lairage, to the meat processing facility, butchery hall, on‐site cold stores, packaging and despatch.
Pickstock Construction worked hard to ensure that the new facility had all of the unique state of the art features specified by Pickstock Telford, in order to enhance its efficient process.
Pickstock Construction helped to ensure that every possible environmental improvement could be made at the plant. Everything has been constructed with sustainability in mind, with heat exchange systems running off the refrigeration system and air compressors, along with a full rain water harvesting system.
Pickstock Telford’s main priority is that of animal welfare and traceability. With this in mind, Pickstock Construction built a lairage which was designed to replicate the animal’s natural environment. It was built to be well‐ventilated, with plenty natural light, creating a stress free environment for the animals. Every last detail within the lairage was also designed and built to the highest standard to ensure staff safety.
Greg Pickstock, Managing Director of Pickstock Telford commented, “By making this investment it has brought the company to a new level and is now capable of supplying a whole range of customers from the local butcher’s shop to the largest retailer with British Beef” Greg added “Our customers can buy with confidence knowing that we have designed the plant with the latest technology enabling us to produce a high standard product.”
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