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They say historical past repeats itself. 

Scotland has an awesome constructive round story that encompasses historical past, design, engineering, innovation, agriculture, abilities, regeneration, power, well being, wellbeing and web zero. 

This is the story of how a bunch of visionary college students redesigned the long-lasting Provan Gas Works right into a vertical allotment to point out off a greener facet to Glasgow 

As the mud settles on COP26 a few of Glasgow’s pupil professionals plan to design a greener, more healthy metropolis.

For greater than a century Glasgow’s iconic fuel works have been a big function from the north east entry to the town. Despite being redundant for many years, the a lot cherished towers got class B itemizing in 2018 by Historic Scotland guaranteeing the landmarks will proceed to type a part of the town’s skyline.


There has been a lot dialogue about city farming inside the CEA area taking up derelict workplace area or establishing in transport containers in cities. An concept from a bunch of younger college students on this inexperienced metropolis is exclusive and will actually substitute pure fuel with pure greens. 

We heard about this concept from Charlie McGhee who was a part of the InterAct crew, a bunch of third yr college students at Glasgow Caledonian University together with amount surveyors, architects and engineers (see all of the gifted crew on the finish of article). They just lately offered a novel concept for redesigning these iconic fuel tanks right into a vertical farm allotment. 


The Glasgow college students determined these cherished constructions wanted an improve and got here up with a doughnut association and proposed filling within the gaps on the construction with glass/perspex. Their imaginative and prescient is one among engineering development and design that might embody new methods to supply leafy greens. Their design additionally examined other ways to create round inexperienced biofuels and solar energy panels to maintain the lights powered. With no roof on the construction they aimed to retain the outward integrity of the construction and designed a vertical farm with a minimalist infill field method with allotment packing containers that may be rented out and full of vegetation in a recycled irrigation system

Built in 1904 the tanks give an unforgettable welcome to Scotland’s second metropolis and located on the primary street artery by means of the central belt individuals have at all times seen them as a significant landmark. The pure fuel could also be lengthy gone and construction derelict, however it’s doable they may serve a higher function with a brand new lease of life. 


Architectural Design History in Glasgow

Glasgow has an extended affiliation with architectural design. Charles Rennie Macintosh, the famend Scottish architect behind the long-lasting Glasgow School of Art, Willow Tearooms and the Lighthouse was energetic within the metropolis on the time the gasometers had been constructed. 


The Lighthouse inbuilt 1903

Could the Gas Works turn out to be the brand new Lighthouse? 

Ultimate CEA mannequin to have a farm sited beside the nation’s largest fruit distribution market.

Can you think about an period with a brand new ‘Charlie’ and his pals’ designing these perspex packing containers constructed across the metal fuel tanks and all lit up at evening with LED lights? The three-tier round body is 46 meters in peak and has 30 I-section metal lattice body requirements, braced by 4 tiers of metal lattice girders and 4 tiers of cross-directional bracing ties. It might be a powerful construction to construct a vertical farm on. 

It takes little creativeness to grasp distribution meals miles from the allotment might be diminished to web zero with the fuel works only a stone’s throw from Glasgow’s wholesale fruit market in Blochairn. 

Emotive emotions for Glasgow’s Landmarks may present psychological well being and environmental messaging 

The fuel works have an affectionate following amongst locals since they’re typically used to show big placards showcasing the varied promotional slogans for the town, essentially the most memorable being the “Glasgow’s Miles Better” and “Everyone’s Glasgowing On” campaigns.

‘Glasgow Grows 🌿 Green’ 

Green billboards might be an ideal advertising instrument. Imagine large digital billboard screens projecting a direct message to a passing viewers of 90,000 day-after-day. What message would you ship them? A message of perseverance and hope maybe or perhaps a message of well being and well-being. We developed the concept as a advertising instrument to succeed in individuals affected not solely by the pandemic but additionally these affected by nervousness of a extra harmful world stuffed with battle, local weather change and restricted sources. 

We want everybody onboard and listening.  

Reach for the sky – What are you aiming for in life?

Can you think about the enormous digital screens on the facet of the towers, excessive within the sky displaying these pictures and subliminal messaging telling you that everybody is feeling the identical and giving an air of optimism and oneness?

Post COP26 the thrill of ‘everyone in it together’ has considerably dissipated within the media (simply as Greta predicted). But the youth of Glasgow, they’ve totally different concepts and every little thing to achieve from inexperienced tasks. They by no means COP out! 

We have hardly seen any of the architectural designs neatly illustrated in Despommier’s imaginative and prescient of the twenty first century come to fruition but and turn out to be integral with our metropolis meals provides.


We want buyers and public our bodies to recognise the significance of our youth arising with these concepts and create inexperienced jobs for architects, surveyors, engineers, scientists and farmers of the longer term.

Glasgow Caledonian University InterAct Team

Architect college students:

Arin Beaver, Neima Bouzy.

Engineering college students:

Bryan Lipton, Abdalhameed Almohamad, Ismail Mohamed.

Quantity Surveyor college students:

Charlie McGhee, Harrison Lee.


If you wish to be taught extra in regards to the college students venture  get in contact with us and we’ll hook you up with the crew in Glasgow. 

Janet Colston PhD is pharmacologist with an curiosity in rising ‘functional’ meals which have further phytonutrients and show medicinal qualities which can be helpful to human well being. She grows these utilizing a spread of strategies together with plant tissue micropropagation and managed environmental agriculture to make sure the very best high quality management.

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