World's largest vertical farm completes
Added on 05 December 2023
Located in Norfolk, the 25,000 sq m state-of-the-art climate-controlled facility utilises an energy-efficient, LED-based lighting system to produce high-quality crops on just four acres of land – yielding 250 times more leafy greens than conventional farming.
Clegg Food Projects was appointed as the principal contractor, responsible for the £25m project and overseeing the design and build as well as the building services – a crucial aspect for this technology-driven facility. The team also oversaw the process suppliers, requiring careful project management and an open forum approach as the installation took place during construction.
Oliver Jenkins, business development manager at Clegg Food Projects, said: “Vertical farming is transforming the agriculture industry, and this facility proves it is a viable solution for supplying fresh produce in a controlled growing environment all year round. With growing concerns over climate change as well as land and labour shortages, innovative solutions such as this are very welcome.
“This has been a fantastic project to be involved with on many levels. As with any technology-focused facility, the team needed to be flexible – and where possible adjust the design and construction works to meet the needs of the specialist process equipment. In addition, they also undertook an extensive building services and utilities installation in order to supply the complex growing and harvesting systems.