Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is one of the top-ranking agricultural universities in the world, where important crop science research and experiments are conducted in their greenhouse complex Unifarm. To keep the leading position of WUR, the Unifarm greenhouse complex needs to be renewed, by building a new complex applying the highest level of technology. Through a European tender process Bosman Van Zaal, as a highly experienced research greenhouse designer, manufacturer and builder, has been chosen as the contractor to build phase 1 of the new plant research complex, which will be built in four phases in the period 2019-2025.
In 2019 Bosman Van Zaal will start phase 1 of 4, which consists of a greenhouse of 4,000 m², divided into 63 compartments varying in size from 16 to 50 m², each separately controlled. The compartments are equipped with an access lock, heating and cooling and under- or overpressure. The company builds the technical installations outside the cultivation areas, so that maintenance and repairs can be carried out safely and properly. The assimilation lighting will be prepared for the latest development in the field of LED supplemental lighting.
From 2020 to 2025, phases 2 to 4 will take place, covering a greenhouse area of 10,000 m2 and consisting of 80 compartments. These include insect cultivation, the tropical collection, potato breeding, short day cultivation and substrate cultivation. In addition, a special greenhouse will be built for plant phenotyping.
During construction, Bosman Van Zaal will work closely with the WUR-Unifarm team to ensure that education and research are not hindered and delayed by the construction activities, and they will exclude (construction) technical risks, so that WUR can carry out optimal trials under fully controlled conditions. Above all, they are realising an energy-saving new building, with double glazing, maximum light penetration and a low temperature network in combination with heat/cold storage, and all-electric.