DE KWAKEL, Netherlands: Dutch flower breeder and propagator HilverdaFlorist has kicked off construction of a state-of-the-art greenhouse at their headquarters in De Kwakel. The project includes almost 2.2 acres of new greenhouses and 7000 m2 of industrial halls on the adjoining land at the Achterweg. The entire project is expected to be finished by January 2022.
The company opted for a Venlo-type greenhouse and a facility with a retractable roof structure. The latter will host the production of young plants.
The greenhouses are fully equipped according to the Dutch concept of Het Nieuwe Telen (Next Growing) which focuses on sustainable growing practices.
A light diffusing glass permits high levels of light transmission with a more beneficial balance of diffused light, while crops will be protected from pests with superior insect netting.
Upon completion by hothouse builder Bosman Van Zaal, the glasshouse complex will bring the company’s entire young plant production under one roof. The technical equipment inside the greenhouses including the watering- and climate control system will be installed by horticultural engineerig company Stolze. The decision to work with these two companies is based on a long-term relationship, in which quality, reliability and continuity are important factors.
Arthur Koekkoek, Director Operations, R&D and Supply Chain at HilverdaFlorist explains: “The construction of the new glasshouse is in line with the ambitions of the company. Our ambition is to be the leading breeding and propagation company with the most innovative products in the selected crops.”
Pictured left to right are Bart Sneek, Marc Rost, Nico Reijm, Ben van der Heide, Arthur Koekkoek, Marco Braam, and Gerard Peek.