Essex farmer reaps the benefits of using single electrical contractor for grain store
Henry Siggers farms 450 hectares of group 1 milling wheat at Leapingwells Farm in Kelvedon, Essex – the fourth generation of his family to do so. Having used Gibbons Engineering Group for the electrical works on a new grain drying store in 2013, Mr Siggers turned to the local company again for his latest project – a new 160ft x 50ft grain and fertiliser flatstore adjacent to the original building.
As it was imperative to have the project completed in time for harvest and preferring to deal with a familiar single contractor for the entire electrical works, Mr Siggers commissioned Gibbons to deliver a complete package of products and services.
Led by Director Matthew Gibbons, the project included the supply and installation of five high-bay lights, roller shutter door controls, panel-mounted socket outlets for each of the three bays and a main control board along with 63 amp supply and all wiring.
In addition, Gibbons supplied four 2.2kW aluminium grain store fans and pedestals from its Agricultural Fans range. These were connected to a thermostat system to ensure the grain can remain at a temperature no higher than 15°C as the weather fluctuates.
Fast forward to August, and with harvesting completed for another year, Mr Siggers was delighted with the performance of the new grain store:
“I highly recommend Gibbons. Matthew has been very easy to deal with, and I can always reach him on his mobile. Everything has been done to quote and on time.”
Gibbons’ durable steel and aluminium fans are built to exacting standards by an expert team and have been used by British farmers for more than 20 years.
Ranging from 0.13 – 2.2kW, these reliable fans are available as single-phase and three phase in most sizes and can be customised to suit specific applications.
Completing the range are Gibbons’ air spear fans, which are used to cool hotspots as they develop in the grain pile and can be quickly and easily moved as required.
Along with grain stores, Gibbons provides a comprehensive range of electrical services for new and existing agricultural buildings, such as mains power, lighting and wiring. This complements Gibbons’ range of electrical and mechanical equipment for agricultural applications, which includes electric motors, pumps, gearboxes, ABB variable-speed drives, air-handling systems and control panels.
Mr Gibbons said:
“We’ve spent decades providing electrical services to farms across East Anglia and beyond, so we understand that farmers want reliability, efficiency and a fair price. Plus, having a single point of contact for an entire electrical project saves a great deal of time, which was especially valuable for Mr Siggers in the busy period leading up to harvest.”