A hybrid planning application for the UK’s largest urban farm and eco-park, featuring centerpiece buildings by JDDK Architects, has been submitted to Oldham Council. The plans feature detailed design proposals by the Newcastle-based practice for an elliptical-shaped visitor center and a separate learning center conceived as a series of linked timber-framed buildings that sit on stilts.
The local authority-backed Northern Roots eco-park sits on a 65ha site with an industrial past, just 10 minutes from Oldham town center. It stretches from Alexandra Park in the north, past the Park Bridge Heritage Centre, to Bankfield Clough in the south.
The ‘green masterplan’ promises improved biodiversity and community assets, including leisure activities and jobs, while contributing to Oldham Council’s 2030 carbon-neutral goal and targets set out in Greater Manchester’s Five Year Environment Plan.
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