Urban sustainability in London

Skip garden in Kings Cross. © Colin Cafferty 2012

Skip garden in Kings Cross

Kings Cross Central is a 67-acre development in a long neglected part of Central London that is currently the largest urban regeneration project in Europe. Comprising three-quarters of a million sq m of mixed-use space, it’s new tenants include the University of the Arts, which is housed in a refurbished Victorian-era Granary Building. The onsite Energy Centre features a Combined Heat & Power (CHP) plant that provides distributed hot water across the site, cooling for air-conditioned buildings and electricity supplemented by the National Grid.

The colourful “skip garden” is a novel solution to providing green space for local communities that can be moved to other parts of the construction site as development progresses. It also is symbolic of the need to view waste and food production in a more sustainable way. Global Generation manages the project with the aim of giving young people the opportunities to play a part in creating a sustainable future – through sustainability workshops, open days and volunteering opportunities. Additional benefits of the skip gardens include increasing biodiversity, reducing food air miles and providing sustainable local produce.

Global Generation website

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