Andrew Hope / Roger Meadows, Gloucestershire
Andrew took over the family business in the early 1970’s. Traditionally a pig and poultry operation he decided to go into broilers in the 1980’s starting with 12,000 birds. Over the past 40 years this has grown to 3 poultry production sites with approx. 84,000 birds at any one time.
Andrew’s first build was not with Powell’s and he explains his experience was not good having “to project manage every inch of the build.” In 2013 Powell’s started the build at Primrose Vale to replace 12 old breeder sheds. Andrew explains “ground works started in spring 2013 as we knew the site was wet so getting a head start was really beneficial. Construction began in the autumn and the weather was horrendous! Powell’s team from the steel erector through to all the gang members were brilliant. They worked in all conditions and what they managed in bad weather was outstanding. This build includes an Egg Storage and Amenity Block with the egg storage holding up to 1/3 million eggs at any one time. We’re now a unique farm in having our own egg storage facility for all of our 3 sites.”