New advanced processing centre for Camgrain

Camgrain is the UK’s largest farmer-owned cooperative, established in 1983.  The compamy’s overriding ambition is to be ‘well-managed, well-informed and well connected’.

Currently, it is the UK’s only farmer-owned network of coordinated advanced processing centre (APC) stores. To meet the needs of this nationwide success, a new breed of cooperative grain store was required.  T H WHITE Projects assisted in meeting this requirement with the development, planning and construction of Camgrain’s flagship APC at Balsham, along with the other APCs at Linton, Kettering and Stratford.

Now fully operational, and specialising in food grade wheat, the Balsham APC can provide even more added value to the supply chain, future-proofing the company against increasing grain supply demands.

Key Advantages of APC Network

  • Potential to professionally supply to the UK food industry with the markets driven increasingly by food hygiene requirements
  • Allow UK farmers to be in control of the supply chain, rather than through large international agri-businesses
  • Potential to control logistics and recover efficiencies to farmer members as well as providing better service to the UK food industry
  • Make the UK food industry more competitive within Europe, increase exports and reduce imports, open markets to guarantee English wheat supply

Initial Site Plan Drawing

7 Holdings Silos & Bulk Out Loading
4 x 70tph Continuous Flow Dryers
3 x 200tph Various Intake Pits
Resulting in total storage of 180,000t
90,000t Bulk Storage (7 bankers) and 18 x 5000t of Silo Storage

Camgrain site plan
Camgrain Storage Silo bases

Silo Bases

These 4 silo bases are constructed in concrete ready for the corrugated steel silos to be installed above. These will be positioned in a single row for connection to the main facility.

Silo Positioning

This hopper bottom silo is being lifted into position and connected on to its steel structured base.

Silo Positioning
Camgrain Roof Works

Conveyor Walkway

This aerial shot displays the completed buildings housing. processing and materials storage.

In the background you can see the connecting pedestrian and conveyor walkway linking the two buildings.


90,000t Bulk Storage (7 bunkers) & Silo Storage (18 x 5000t)


  • 190,000t of storage in both silo and on-floor bunker format
  • A combined tipping capacity across the five pit intakes of more than 1,500 tonnes per hour
  • Capabilities supported by multiple continuous flow dryers, pre-cleaners and fine cleaners, as well as a dedicated wheat cleaning room that provides direct store-to-mill opportunities


The Balsham APC canbe found on the outskirts of Cambridge:

Camgrain Stores Limited,
London Road,
Balsham ,
CB21 4HH


  • Since the establishment of Camgrain in 1983, T H WHITE Installation Ltd has been our partner of choice. Professional, on budget, on time projects, every time.

    Philip Darke, Managing Director

  • We’re really proud of our project work with Camgrain. By working closely together with Philip Darke and his team we could fully understand their storage and processing requirements and in many cases, find bespoke solutions that help make their objectives a reality.

    Alex Park, Key Account Project Manager

    In summary

    T H WHITE’s unique end-to-end support levels allowed them to help Camgrain acquire the right planning permission levels for their project. To do this, T H White worked as an integrated unit with Camgrain engineering and product teams. The teams continue to interact and optimise on the APC’s successes to help meet and achieve Camgrain’s evolving project KPIs.

    Andrew WorkmanHead of Business Development

    If you want to know more about how we can provide storage and processing solutions for your business or to speak to one of our expert advisors. We’ll always be happy to get you started and answer any questions you may have.

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