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S&A Fabrications Completes New Development at Farm Visitor Centre

Barnard Castle based S&A Fabrications has recently completed the new £1.4 million, 50,000sq ft development at Cannon Hall Farm - the award-winning farm and tourist attraction near Barnsley.

The new development consists of seven new farm buildings “designed with the visitor in mind” and comes on top of the construction of the company’s revolutionary Roundhouse on the farm four years ago.

The new development consists of seven farm buildings

The new development consists of seven farm buildings

There are purpose-built viewing galleries in all of the four new cattle and three pig buildings, which range in size from the largest at 36m long and 16m wide, to the smallest at 18m long and 8m wide. All of the buildings are 6m high; with the beef buildings having a 22.5 degree pitch to the roof. The cattle buildings have a 2m cantilever on both sides.

“The buildings will allow a unique insight into the day to day workings of a modern farm,” says Roger Nicholson, owner of the farm and attraction. “Visitors will be able to see tractors and farm machinery in action in a proper working farmyard. It’s the first visitor centre of its type in the world and we’re really excited about it.” Further additions include a new milking parlour.

The work on this project has taken nearly 10 months, explains sales manager Simon Pelly. “As an open farm this was a lot more than some simple farm buildings, each of the seven buildings incorporates a viewing gallery and needed to be lined so it could be kept clean for visitors. We have also supplied and fitted all the internal fittings for animals including animal handling facilities.”

“We are always delighted to work with Cannon Hall Farm because they, like us, are innovative in their approach. We are also very impressed with the way they are educating children about agriculture. It really is well worth a visit.”

The completion of the new farm tops off a great summer for Cannon Hall Farm. At this year’s Yorkshire Show it was awarded the Tye award for the South and West Yorkshire region. The competition is organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and recognises good farming practice in Yorkshire and the North East. It is named after the Tye family, makers of the Tye Trailers.

Purpose-built viewing galleries in all of the new buildings

Purpose-built viewing galleries in all of the new buildings

In 2011 Cannon Hall Farm took home the award for “Best Tourism Experience” in “Welcome to Yorkshire’s White Rose Awards”, and was a finalist in 2012.

The farm plays host to sheep, pygmy goats, alpacas, dairy cows, Highland cattle, donkeys, rabbits and pigs, including the kune kune breed, and has thousands of visitors a year.

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