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World’s largest vertical farm completes

29 November 2023

Fischer Farms has completed what is believed to be the world’s largest vertical farm. Located in Norfolk, the 25,000m/sq climate-controlled facility utilises an energy-efficient LED-based lighting system to produce 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 project and overseeing the design and build as well as the building services. The team also oversaw the process suppliers. 

Commenting on the project, 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.

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