Farm Urban offers consultancy services to businesses looking for ways to incorporate controlled environment agriculture into their projects. Read about our involvement with some exciting projects below.

The Heath Business and Technical Park

Who’s Involved

  • Greens for Good
  • Heath Park
  • SOG
  • LCR combined authority
  • RIBA
  • North West Hydrogen Alliance

The Project

SOG, the owners of The Heath Business Park, have a vision to build a new kind of development that integrates housing, entertainment, retail, business, and innovation in Runcorn. An entry to a competition run by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) calling for designs for the project featured a vertical farm at its centre. During the following fusion process, taking in the best ideas from the designs, the idea of a vertical farm caught their attention, so they reached out to Farm Urban Managing Director Paul Myers, bringing him onboard as a consultant. Paul has advised on the practicalities of creating a vertical farm that integrates into their holistic development. Resulting from this consultancy, a serviced Edible Wall is being installed in the cafeteria, giving users of the park access to fresh greens every day. Farm Urban is also conducting a pilot project to test the viability of  powering a vertical farm using electricity from hydrogen fuel cells, ensuring carbon neutrality for the power-intensive process. The Heath is ideally suited to an experiment like this due to its shared location with the North West Hydrogen Alliance. The new developments at The Heath are incredibly exciting, offering so much potential for new technologies and ways of living to be tested, a mini-city, with a possible vertical farm at its heart would provided a way to test the scalability of these technologies to whole cities, putting vertical farms at the heart of daily urban life. With key support from Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, this project, in the words of Metro Mayor Steve Rotherham, ‘must happen.’

The Impacts

  • Building new communities with a holistic approach to ecology and wellbeing at their heart.
  • Hydroponic Farming at the centre of daily life.
  • New carbon neutral farming techniques developed through trials with hydrogen power.