The new greenhouse for pot plant nursery Ammerlaan-Sosef in Honselersdijk, the Netherlands, is not even in place yet, but preparations for the screen installation have been underway for quite some time. And they have to be, says Ruud den Engelsman of Luiten Greenhouses, because 'it's going to be quite a tough job'.
Jeffrey Ammerlaan and Gertjan Sosef of pot plant nursery Ammerlaan-Sosef were able to buy their neighbour's land last autumn. With this new purchase, 1.2 hectares will be added to their main location in Honselersdijk.
In that new greenhouse, where celosias, primulas and cyclamen are grown in various pot sizes, a screen installation will also have to be installed. Just as in 2017, when the growers added 'a section' of 6,200 square meters, Luiten Greenhouses will be allowed to take over the installation.
Ruud den Engelsman from Luiten and Gertjan Sosef from Ammerlaan-Sosef put their signature under the assignment
Two installations in one greenhouse
"There will be a double and a single screen installation," says Ruud den Engelsman of Lieuten. "Both installations will be placed next to each other. Ward 1 will have a blackout cloth at the top with a diffuse energy cloth underneath. A single blackout system will be installed in Ward 2".
And then a piece of glasshouse will remain, because a total of 1.2 hectares of glasshouse will be added. In fact, both greenhouses will have to be connected to each other, just like the screen installations. "As soon as the rafters and the end walls have been broken down, we can get to work," Ruud knows.
Connecting as soon as the gable end is gone
But works is already in progress. "We have allocated a year for this project and as soon as we heard from the Jeffrey and Gertjan that there were expansion plans, we went to see which installations had to be installed. At that time we just didn't know how big the greenhouse was going to be."
Ruud now expects to be able to start with the screen installation in August. The front facade will have to be gone by then, which is an important condition for the two greenhouses to be able to link up technically. "But everything we can do earlier, in consultation with greenhouse builder Reytec, the other parties involved and the growers, is a good thing.
Ruud den Engelsman
2675 KV Honselersdijk