Work on a new dry goods store extension is underway to help create extra space for one of Britain’s largest food producers.

Sewell Construction’s work at Cranswick Convenience Foods’ Valley Park site in Barnsley began on August 1 and the additional storage space is set to help ease pressure during peak times such as Christmas.

It comes after a long term relationship with one of Cranswick’s factories in East Hull, Benson Park, which saw Sewell build a three-phase extension.

Sewell Construction Development Manager Josh Donnelly said: “The requirement for the 3,500sq ft extension in Barnsley arises from Cranswick’s continued growth and the need for additional storage space.

“In order to deliver a solution which achieves Cranswick’s programme and budget constraints, we have adopted a single team approach, working closely with our supply chain and utilising their expertise to optimise the design to an affordable position.

“Our approach has helped to reduce construction costs for the client by about 30%.

“Work is due to finish on October 31 and we are delighted the project is underway.”

The site will be excavated before piling and a ground-bearing slab will be constructed by Browne of Leeds.

Dynamic Steel Services, also based in Leeds, will install the steel frame before composite cladding panels are installed by Hull-based Roclad Systems.

Josh said: “Browne’s have been instrumental in helping us to secure the project.

“They helped us to develop a ground solution which sits within the client’s programme and cost parameters.

“It’s a fast track construction period, which will see the extension developed and completed in 12 weeks.”

From artisan cooked meats and fresh pork to gourmet sausages and continental fine foods, Cranswick Convenience Foods’ products span retail shelves and restaurant menus across the country, as well as internationally.

Martin Langhan, Project Engineer from civil and structural consulting engineers Adept, said the company was pleased to join forces with Sewell Construction once again.

He said: “After collaborating successfully on the Printworks campus for Leeds City College, Adept are thrilled be working with Sewell again on this extension.

“The portal steel frame design offered the best economical solution to complement the existing building.

“Deep areas of made ground required a piled foundation solution with suspended floor slabs, designed to support heavy loading and meet the operational needs of the facility.”