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Half a million pound roof project completed in time for county show
14 Mar 2016
by Kirsty Smallman

A half-a-million pound project to replace the entire roof of a landmark county venue has been completed in time for Staffordshire County Show.

The work on Bingley Hall, at Staffordshire County Showground, has taken seven months to complete and could result in a 75per cent reduction in electricity use.

The hall has been completely re-roofed, fitted with 50KVA solar panels and had new LED lighting installed.

It will be showcased for the first time at the Staffordshire County Show in June.

Chief executive of Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society which runs the show ground Richard Williams said it was a mammoth project.

“This scheme has been a long time coming, we have spent months planning and preparing it before work actually started back in July last year,” he said.

“But we feel it is vital to both the longevity of the building and also the environment.

“The solar panels and new lighting has improved the green credentials of the showground and reduced our carbon footprint.

“The new LED lights use a quarter of the power that the previous ones did and we also had far superior insulation installed compared to what was there before, all this combines to produce a reduction in electrical usage and heating through oil and gas.

“All in all we’re looking at a saving of around 75per cent on electric compared to how much the showground has previously been using.”

The improvements have been welcomed by traders, breeders and other companies due to use the hall during the Staffordshire County Show which takes place on June 1 and 2.

On the day the hall will be used by trade stands on both the ground floor and first floor balcony, including the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.

It will be home to animals during the show including beef and dairy cattle, pigs and the popular sheep shearing demonstrations.

There will also be an indoor picnic area, 200 seater restaurant and two bars which will all benefit from the renovation.

Another way the showground bosses have sought to improve their green credentials in time for this year’s show is to promote various travel options.

Organisers are urging visitors to leave their cars at home and instead travel to the show on a specially arranged bus service from Stafford Railway Station which leaves every hour.

During this year’s show there will also be superb local produce to sample, exquisite crafts for sale and a whole host of family activities, displays and performances.

Over the two days entertainment will be provided by the Imps Motorcycle Display Team, a vintage machinery parade, the Young Farmers floats and the Mounted Games Association, along with activities in the Woodfest area and the Country Pursuits Area.

Tickets for the event will be available from the Showground website or office from April 1 and from all other outlets from May 1.

Keep up to date with the latest announcements from show organisers by following @StaffsShow on Twitter or liking Staffordshire County Show on Facebook.

For more information visit the website www.staffscountyshowground.co.uk, call 01785 258 060 or email enquiries@staffscountyshowground.co.uk.