The only way is up: constructing the ‘world’s biggest’ vertical farm

We have been appointed to construct the ‘world’s biggest’ vertical farm for Fischer Farms.

Works are now well underway, overseeing the development of a 25,000 sq m growing space that will complement Fischer Farms’ existing vertical farm operation in Lichfield, Staffordshire.

The new £25m Norfolk-based facility aims to be the largest site in the world when it opens next year.

Oliver Jenkins, business development manager at Clegg Food Projects, said:

“We are delighted to be involved in such an ambitious and forward-thinking venture with Fischer Farms. Vertical farming has long been a solution for supplying fresh produce in a controlled growing environment all year round. There are many benefits including better crop yields, less water usage and reduced food miles and that generally they can be built in most places including inner-city locations. This is quite literally a ‘growing sector’ and I’m sure we will see more of these farms being built all over the country.”

With the eventual growing capacity able to reach 75,000 sq m at the new site, the sky really is the limit for Fischer Farms.

Oliver added:

“These farms, which were once a thing of science fiction, are now becoming a reality – except the only rocket you will find here is the salad. Having supported the food industry through its innovations over the last 40 years, we are so pleased to be a part of this project, paving the way for the food manufacturing industry and shining a light on the potential for sustainable food production.”