Long Clawson was founded in 1911 when 12 farmers from the Vale of Belvoir formed a co-operative to produce Stilton Cheese in the village of Long Clawson. Long Clawson has prospered and today 56 producing members from 39 farms supply 38 million litres of milk per year to the official Stilton processing counties, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. The site at Bottesford in Nottinghamshire is responsible for the production and packaging of speciality blended cheeses.
When Long Clawson moved onto the site at Bottesford they were rattling around. 20 years on it is a different story and with the demand for Stilton and blended cheeses rising year on year, they found themselves running out of operational, delivery and parking space. A major re-structuring project was put in place which utilised all the current buildings. Unfortunately, this left their packaging without a home, as the ambient warehouse had been turned into a cold room and dispatch store! With the business growing at such a healthy rate, the decision to install a permanent warehouse, to store the packaging, was too much of a long-term commitment; more flexibility was needed which could expand and contract with the business.
After visiting one of their customer’s sites who were using a Spaciotempo temporary building, Long Clawson began to visualise a solution. On contacting Spaciotempo a proposal was put together which precisely met their budget and flexible requirements. A temporary building 15m wide x 20m long x 4m eave was installed on a concrete base – as flexibility was key to their requirements; Long Clawson ensured the foundations laid were strong enough to take a permanent building if they changed their minds. The temporary building had steel reinforced UPVC cavity walling and a PVC double skinned, air filled roofing system, both of which assist climate control. As with all buildings supplied to the food and drink sector, Spaciotempo ensured the building was sealed with extra care and vermin proofed. Long Clawson decided to purchase the temporary building as they had identified a three to five year interim period before longer term commitments would be made and it proved more economical to purchase rather than hire over this period.
Speaking about the outcome, John Pearson, Low Clawson’s Commercial Production Manager commented. “Without a doubt, cost and flexibility have been the major benefits to us. The temporary structure has avoided the huge financial implications and logistical headaches associated with a permanent build. Furthermore, we have the option to sell the building back to Spaciotempo for at least 50% of the purchase price. If we decide to keep the building we then have the flexibility to relocate it to an alternative site if our situation at Bottesford changes”.