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Conder’s Site Manager, Derek Birchell, displays some of Thanet Earth’s produce

Steelwork contractor Conder Structures is currently erecting a portal framed packing facility at Thanet Earth, an £80M innovative salad vegetable project in Kent.

Working on behalf of Fitzpatrick Contractors, Conder is erecting its steelwork on a plateau between two greenhouses at the massive 91 hectare site.

Phase one of the new automated warehouse, which is 8,550m², will handle the tomatoes that will be produced all year round at the site; along with peppers and cucumbers that will be picked during the shorter February to October growing season.

The project developed in partnership between the Fresca Group and three specialist Dutch growers will use computer controlled hydroponic cultivation systems. The warehouse will be fitted with lights that will enable production 52 weeks of the year.

It is forecast that Thanet Earth will boost the UK’s salad crop production by 15%.

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