Inspirational project begins to take root!

Northern Roots is an exciting project that we are involved in with our friends at TEP and in partnership with Oldham Council. This project aims to transform 160 acres of green space in Oldham into the UK’s largest urban farm and ‘eco-park’. Sustained by renewable energy, the park will incorporate an assortment of renewable technologies with all buildings designed with sustainability at their core.

Element Sustainability has been brought onboard to provide our expert services in Low Zero Carbon (LZC) Energy Appraisals. We provided a high-level, technical feasibility study of the potentially suitable technologies for the site. We also helped to optimise the sustainability/LZC performance of the scheme by highlighting opportunities and facilitating integration of suitable concepts and technologies. Considering revenue opportunities and whole life costs (including payback), we ensured that the commercial interests of the delivery partnership were addressed.

Anna da Silva, the Project Director, has authored an interesting blogpost on the current status of this project, including how the foreseen and unforeseen challenges inevitable with such a pioneering project are managed. This blog post can be found through the following link: (

We at Element Sustainability are very proud to be on the team for this innovative project aimed at revitalising the community and look forward to seeing it progress.

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