Finishing touches to the hardstandings for a £10.5M development of a vast greenhouse site in Kent were being made by main design and build contractor Volker Fitzpatrick for client Fresca this week.
When complete, the Thanet Earth development will provide 10% of the UK’s fruit and vegetables.
The site at Birchington has been transformed from cabbage farmland and 1M.m3 of earth has been re-profiled and retained on site to provide space for seven greenhouse plots.
The Thanet Earth development will also produce gas fuelled heat and power for itself and will feed electricity back to the national grid.
In addition, water storage reservoirs will harvest nearly 300Ml of rainwater for irrigation to allow the development to be self sufficient from May to September.