Farming at 140ft
At a time when so many sectors are under scrutiny for the detrimental impact their practices will have on future generations, it’s encouraging to see members of our industry embracing creative solutions to combat the environmental crisis, with urban farming proving the sky truly is the limit for sustainable living.
Welsh-based property developer, Hacer, has submitted plans for a unique development that promotes ‘biophilic living’ – a concept that connects a building’s occupants to the natural environment, which, despite its sinister sounding name, is more wholesome than fearsome.
BBC News has reported on how the development has been designed with the goal of changing the perception of urban living, while monitoring its health and well-being benefits to homeowners.
This ‘urban farm’ comprises vertical greenhouses, rooftop gardens, living walls, balcony planters, rainwater harvesting systems for irrigation and flushing toilets, and fish tanks. The development will offer expert assistance for growing processes in the four-storey greenhouses, with some of the produce being sold in an on-site farm shop.
The influence property developers have on changing daily habits with the environment in mind cannot be overstated. By incorporating energy efficient systems and sustainable facilities into a property’s design, homeowners’ long-standing,resource-draining routines will be phased out and more responsible practices may even transcend non-domestic habits.
With the Welsh government supporting the project with a £4 million grant for its commitment to innovative housing, Picton Yard is a positive sign that the powers that be are helping the property industry to fly the flag for environmental change.