NIAB Barns 1 and 2
National Institute of Agricultural BotanyResearch & Development
SDC’s sixth and most recent scheme for world-leading crop science organisation NIAB has been handed over and officially opened. Tom Tugendhat MP visited the East Malling site on the 12th May to cut the ribbon and declare the £11.3 million GreenTech Hub for Advanced Horticulture ready for researchers.
SDC’s appointment comprised the addition of 2000m² of specialist glasshouses, 14 polytunnels, and a Facilities Building, which includes a reception, office space, meeting rooms, and staff break-out areas, as well as cold stores and growth rooms.
The new glasshouses feature safety glass set within an aluminium frame to maximise net solar gain, whilst minimising the impact of shading. The structures have also been carefully developed to suit siting, shadow analysis, topography, functional research, and growth requirements, which are all part of the sustainable intensification process.
A new car parking area was provided, complete with disabled spaces, electric vehicle charging points and covered cycle storage, near the new facilities building main entrance.
The side-wide redevelopment of The Hub enhances NIAB’s current operations, whilst the addition of purpose-built glasshouses will help to attract and retain the highest calibre of researchers and students. The new facilities building also provides a first-class environment to meet and exchange ideas.