'World-first' tomato greenhouse near Bury St Edmunds on track for testing and commissioning to start this autumn
A multi-million pound ‘world-first’ tomato greenhouse which is bigger than the O2 arena is on track for testing and commissioning to start this autumn.
The low carbon greenhouse has been built in Ingham, near Bury St Edmunds , in a £120 million project, with another constructed in Norwich - creating 360 permanent jobs and up to 460 at peak season.
The greenhouses, which use more glass than The Shard and are each one-and-a-half times the size of the O2, will provide 10 per cent of the UK's homegrown tomato crop, as well as peppers and cucumbers.
Mark Dykes, director at Step Associates which managed the project, said the development will use the country's 'largest system of heat pumps' by channelling heat from warm water and will cut carbon emissions by 75 per cent.
He added: "This project has been a long and rewarding journey.
"The greenhouses, being a world-first in their use of renewable energy, have positioned the UK as leading the way in a low carbon solution to growing sustainably, and will hopefully pave the way for similar projects."