We’ve been fretting for weeks now,
about the potential staggering cost of constructing the Dairy Complex internal Process Rooms for our cheesemaking etc. Typical quotations have hovered at something over the £100,000 mark – the cost of a modest house or average flat in many parts of the UK – & that’s before the addition of any equipment (yet more money – around £50,000 in our reckoning); so all we’d be provided with, is basically, a big, white, hygienic box.
And we’d still have to pay extra to lay a special floor on top of the Process Room’s concrete floor (not yet laid or paid for, either); plus there’s the other parts of the building to equip – the milking parlour, which needs a concrete floor, more hygienic panelling, hot & cold running water & a refrigerated bulk tank in which to store the milk; whilst the area in which the goats will be housed also needs partitioning, feed troughs, hay troughs, automatic drinkers….the list just goes on & on – & that’s before we’ve added ingredients other than milk; packaging; branding; marketing; delivery: the costs continue to escalate to frightening new heights of unaffordability.
So we had a visit from a local contractor with whom we’ve been working for a while now & who has been very helpful, to discuss ways in which costs can be cut without compromising the overall finish of the Process Rooms using different materiels & a less complex layout. Prior to now the building has only been theoretically sketched lines on paper; now of course, there’s something more substantial to see.
So Eurig decided to pay us a visit so he could see it all for himself to get a greater appreciation of the project & what we need to achieve in a more cost-effective manner. We spent a comprehensive afternoon with him; & after discussing the whole operation in more detail, he believes he can come up with a better solution which will suit our requirements; satisfy Environmental Health, Food Safety & Dairy Hygiene regulations; but eliminate some of the staggering costs which so escalated at the ‘on paper ‘stage of the project.
Meanwhile Tony’s been ‘written off’ (or should I say, signed off) by the Doctor again; with this nasty virus his oestation tubes just aren’t clearing, so he’s not going anywhere – at least, not by air – for a fair few more days, yet.
Hmmmm, meanwhile back to the complex question of the Complex: if only we can reduce much of the build cost but still achieve the aim – we may yet get there. It’s only a glimmer; but there is light at the end of the tunnel, at last….so long as we take it one step at a time, & don’t attempt to fly!