BALTIER FARM – New Agricultural Building Complex
Twin span cow sheds, formation of underground slurry storage and erection of silage pit and feed store at Baltier Farm.
The buildings comprise of a twin span shed (200ft x 300ft) 60.96m x 91.44m with an eaves height of 4m, which contains 438 cubicle beds, a 50-bail rotary milking parlour and two underground tanks for slurry storage. The slurry tanks contain 14,904.7 m cubed of slurry (3,278,574.3 gallons) and were formed on site by insitu concrete. The steel work within the tank is encased in concrete.
A silage pit and feed store, 30.48m x 60.96m (100ft x 200ft), with an eaves height of 9m. They are steel framed structures with concrete walls, juniper green cladding sheets and grey fibre cement sheeting to the roofs interspersed with rooflights.
A Pre-Application Consultation process (PAC) was required due to the size of this project; with the floorspace exceeding 5,000sqm a PAC (commencing 12 weeks prior to a planning application being submitted) is required under the Town & Country Planning Regulations brought into force by the Scottish Government in 2009.
The purpose of the PAC is to allow opportunity for the public to engage with the applicant and therefore improve the quality of the proposals and address any areas of potential misunderstandings.
A public event was held and a presentation was given at the local Community Council meeting. A PAC Report was then submitted.
The buildings were well received and thought to be very impressive. No objections were made. The farmer was wished well by the local community on this project.
The project increased the dairy complex from 300 to 500 milking cows so creating a more viable business.
Animal welfare is improved by providing state of the art facilities creating an environment where the cows are comfortable and happy.
The internal environment is controlled by a galebreaker variable ventilation system along one full elevation of the dairy complex.
Rainwater is harvested from the roofs of the buildings and held in a holding tank where it is used for washing the plant and providing drinking water for the animals.
The silage pit and feed store provide essential storage for the increased fodder required by this number of cows.
The Clients said:
“Hazel has provided an excellent architectural service, I was most impressed with how she dealt with the PAC process.
Her presentation was first class. I was also pleased with how efficiently the drawing work was carried out and felt it was good value for money.
The buildings work well and I am very satisfied with the process and outcome.“