Hulldroponics – Hull living with water

Hull Council sought designs for the waterfront that could withstand flood and incorporated a multi-level approach. Our response is an ambitious eco-focused plan for a city centre mixed use machine with a twin tower development containing 450 residential units, two 40m + high urban farms, gym, car parking and integral heat and power generation (CHP).  At the core of the towers is a 50,000 sq ft hydroponics, garden heart that breathes oxygen, life and warmth into the apartments.

“I think the future of …ponics is small, decentralized growing systems that will be set up in cities and towns throughout the world.”
Dr Wilson Lennard, Australian scientist and Director at Aquaponic Solutions

 

Ambition

The Challenge in 21st century Britain is to provide more than just housing development. With ambition, vision, the prudent use of technology we can provide excellent residential accommodation, power and food on site.

“Residential accommodation shouldn’t be apologetic, understated and generic.” says Charles Stanton, “A successful vibrant city should embrace high rise accommodation, as well as providing a wider choice of dwellings – it symbolises the ambition a town has in itself and its future.”

Our development combines the delivery of high quality, residential accommodation in an innovative solution by using an integrated 100,000 square feet of vertical hydroponic farm, which also delivers 100% heating and crops from inter-related systems working together to support the homes, farms, working areas and leisure areas.

Hydroponics and vertical farming

Hydroponic, from Latin means working water – simply put, it is the art of growing plants without soil.

Within the development would be two hydroponic farms. Water sourced from a rainwater collection tank will be used to grow the plants hydroponically, while the nutrients will be gathered from the waste of fish houses in the aquaponics pond. By integrating hydroponics with its 10m storey heights within the heart of the towers we can provide an insulated controlled environment, garden hearts and grow, package and deliver food to where it is required.

Just one square metre can yield more than in one acre of land. That’s an ideal system for a developed country. Vertical farming is the practice of producing food in vertically stacked layers in an indoor controlled growing environment it can create more productive growing space by building upwards, produce crops all year round. By growing close to consumers, transport costs and carbon-dioxide emissions associated with importing food are reduced and spoilage is reduced.

“This is why we think ..ponics and vertical farming is the right combination. You are making the most effective use of space, while looking at food production holistically.”

Kate Hofman, CEO of GrowUp, London’s first aquaponics farm

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Humber Quays West

This 15 storey building parallel to the waterfront and with an 8m easement has 165 apartments has been sculptured so as to avoid any rights to lights issues and minimise shadowing to the residents of Wellington Street West. At ground floor there is 1500 sq m CHP, a similar area for food/packaging deliveries and collections, the first floor is primarily dedicated to the hydroponics,3,900 sq m /42,000s sq ft, with apartments and hydroponics on the upper floors.

To the south of the tower is a single storey 500 sq m waterfront restaurant/bar with long views down the Humber and serving the needs of the walkers on the Trans-Pennine trail, local residents and office workers to the north and east. At the east end of the site is a 1m litre storage aquaponics pond that collects the rainwater and treated grey water from both buildings to rear fish, with the waste nutrients providing an energy source for the hydroponics.

To the north of the site in the margin between the building and Wellington Street West, the landscaping has been reinforced to create a much more public, accessible and engaging parkland.

The electricity substation has been relocated to within the building.Deliveries and collection to the building is from the roundabout at the west end of the building.

Lime Kiln Creek

This building at right angles to the waterfront, on the site of the former Arena and the historic Lime Kiln Creek protects the existing residential amenity from port related uses to the south creates 285 apartments over 30 storeys, again the building has been sculptured so as to avoid any rights to lights issues and minimise shadowing, it is 85m away from the housing to the east of Manor House Street.At ground floor there is 1500 sq m CHP, a similar area for food/packaging deliveries and collections, the first floor is primarily dedicated to the hydroponics, 6,100 sq m /66,000s sq ft of hydroponics, above is a multi storey car park for 300 cars for both sites, gym with Olympic standard facilities with apartments and hydroponics on the upper floors.

To the east of the site in the margin between the tower and Manor House Street the landscaping has been reinforced to create a much more public, accessible and engaging parkland.Deliveries and collection to the building is from the roundabout at the west side of the building. Combined Heat and Power.

At ground floor within each building is a combined heat and power (CHP) system, the cogeneration steam generators are used to produce at least 4.8MW of thermal energy for use in the technological processes and space heating. The CHP system covers 100 percent of the site’s heat and electricity needs.

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