29 hectares of extra glass, divided across three greenhouse projects in Norwich and the surrounding area, this should all be ready before December 2020. A combination of investors, residual heat and a group of international growers are setting up a large-scale greenhouse vegetable operation in the area, for which Bom Group has been commissioned. One of the subcontractors is Tebarex, the Dutch company will supply and build the water technology and electrical installations.
Chris van Hulzen
“The first trailer with material has already left, about thirty more will follow this year,” says Chris van Hulzen with Tebarex. Construction works will start in Bury St. Edmund, a small town south of Norwich. When Place Farms, as this production site is going to be called, is done, the works will move to Crow Point North and South, two greenhouses in Norwich. All three projects will be in production in 2021.
The first cargo leaves from Poeldijk to Caistor St Edmund.
According to Chris, the greenhouses will be fully equipped with all the technology that modern growers are using nowadays. “There is extra attention for water disinfection. Not only the drain water, but also the fresh water from the basins will be disinfected. For this we will install our in-house developed TBX LP-UV disinfection device, which removes all bacteria, viruses and fungi from the irrigation water and fresh water."
Loading another cargo from Poeldijk to Bury St. Edmund
Not bothered by Brexit
Dutch supervisors from Tebarex work on these projects together with local subcontractors. “It runs smoothly. We have already done five projects with them. By now you know what to expect from each other," says Chris.
Although there will eventually be a Brexit, this year everything should remain as it is. “No new agreements have been made yet, so the rules from before Brexit will apply. By the time new agreements are made, everything will already have been transported and installed in the UK.”