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Roundhouse Livestock Building Company Flies Flag for Great Britain

The innovative Roundhouse livestock building, designed and built by Barnard Castle based building manufactures S&A Fabrications, has had the honour of being visited by the GREAT Britain MINI tour – an initiative that is taking the Government’s “GREAT” campaign to Germany.

The tour is designed to “highlight Britain’s rich culture and deep history, as well as its business-friendly economy, cutting edge innovation and excellence in education”.

Roundhouse, Nimsreuland, Deutchsland

Roundhouse, Nimsreuland, Deutchsland

The tour was launched by the Royal Highnesses Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie on 17 January from Berlin’s iconic Brandenburg Gate in a GREAT-branded Mini. It visited the innovative Roundhouse on 12 June on the farm of Herr Hermans, in Nimsreuland in Bavaria - the first Roundhouse to be built in Germany.

The Roundhouse was chosen because it is generally regarded as the biggest innovation in livestock agricultural buildings since the portal frame, explains Simon Pelly, Sales and Marketing Manager for S&A and Roundhouse Building Solutions Ltd.

“We have been working closely with UK Trade and Industry to establish a distributor network for our Roundhouse building in Europe. It came as a surprise to get a call from Berlin asking if they could visit the building on the GREAT tour, but they were very keen to use the building it as it highlights the success of innovation and the value of our relationships in Germany.”

Daniel Rutstein, the Director of UK Trade & Investment in Germany, said: “It was a great pleasure to see the Barnard Castle-made product in action in Germany. This British export is not just providing a practical and cost-effective home for the cows - but is turning into somewhat of a tourist attraction! It always pleases me to see British products make such an impact abroad - there is clearly the potential for more growth here in Germany. The Mini and the Roundhouse are two proud exports - throw in the Hereford cattle themselves and that makes three.”

The Roundhouse is particularly good for farm livestock because of its superb ventilation characteristics. Fresh air from outside enters the building evenly around the open sides of the round building and takes stale air out through a central hole in the roof. Conventional buildings can have very unpredictable airflows, with a variable and uncontrollable amount of fresh air entering to remove the old air. Users of the Roundhouse say that animal health is better than their conventional building because of the better ventilation.

Ten years ago S&A largely sold buildings to farmers and businesses within a 100-mile radius of Barnard Castle. Now the company has not only a National presence across the UK, but is increasingly exporting its buildings to Europe, with three Roundhouses built on the continent, and more in planning.

“Our commitment to innovation, and our expansion domestically and internationally is good for S&A, for our workforce too, and Barnard Castle. I would like to thank all of our colleagues for contributing to making it happen, and for our continuing success,” concludes Simon.


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