A £120m project will see two of the country’s largest greenhouses constructed in the region, warmed by waste heat from water treatment facilities.
The greenhouses, covering 29 hectares, will produce one tenth of the UK’s tomatoes.
They will be warmed via heat pumps using waste heat from water recycling centres, displacing the conventional gas heating of commercial greenhouses.
The construction of the greenhouses – one near Norwich and one near Bury St Edmunds – will begin immediately with completion expected in autumn 2020. Commercial-scale growers from the UK and the Netherlands have already committed to leasing the space.
The greenhouses will provide ideal growing conditions for a range of plants and vegetables requiring a high-heat, and relatively low-light environments such as tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers. Once operational, the greenhouses will be capable of producing more than 1 in 10 of the country’s tomatoes, and will create 360 permanent new jobs.