These are busy days for Patrick van Horne of P. van Horne BV from Vlierden, the Netherlands. Sometimes, everything comes all at once then it's time to buckle down for him and his team.
Demolishing in Boxtel
In the region of Brabant, the Netherlands, the men demolished a 18,000 square meter greenhouse. A job that was effected by several delays, can now finally continue. "The greenhouse will make way for housing," says Patrick. “First, the project was postponed due to the Flora and Fauna Act. Then another postponement by the project developer and the most recent hitch was the notorious nitrogen act. As a result, various construction and demolition projects are subject to much delay and that makes planning increasingly difficult.
All in all, it took a while before we could get started here. Fortunately, permission was given to continue. The demolition of this 18,000 m2 only yields 90 kg of nitrogen. That is actually nothing in nitrogen terms. For comparison: the demolition of a pig farm in the area produces 8000 kg of nitrogen. "
The fact that the insurance would be expiring this year and also due to that the owner has received permission for the demolition. The greenhouse should preferably be demolished as quickly as possible. For the men at P. van Horne, this is a job that will keep them busy for the next few weeks.
Demolition in Belgium
A demolition job was actually planned in Belgium these coming weeks. 12,000 square meters of greenhouse is to be demolished, to make way for a new greenhouse. Building a new greenhouse always requires strict planning. “We, therefore, have an alliance with another company to get the demolition done as quickly as possible. In these moments, I have to split myself up between Brabant and Belgium." laughs Patrick.
Autumn is now starting. This is often accompanied by autumn storms that can sometimes cause some damage to the greenhouses. “Until now, it seems to be a calm year for storm damage so far. But as soon as the time comes, we ensure that we are ready. We have a network of people that we can engage at a moment's notice to repair the greenhouse. After all, storm damage repairs have priority over demolition work."