GrowUp Urban Farms to establish commercial aquaponic farm in London, UK
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GrowUp Urban Farms to establish commercial aquaponic farm in London, UK

15 Apr 2015

GrowUp Urban Farms has secured approval from the London Borough of Newham in the UK to convert a warehouse into a commercial aquaponic farm.

GrowUp Urban Farms has secured approval from the London Borough of Newham in the UK to convert a warehouse into a commercial aquaponic farm.

The farm is expected to produce more than 20,000kg of sustainable salads and herbs, and 4,000kg of fish a year through aquaculture and hydroponic technology.

The urban farm will sit inside an industrial warehouse in Beckton and combine aquaculture and hydroponic farming practices in a recirculating system.

"This farm will be a flagship for innovative urban farming, putting food and feeding people at the heart of the development."

GrowUp Urban Farms CEO and co-founder Kate Hofman said: "This farm will be a flagship for innovative urban farming, putting food and feeding people at the heart of the development of London as a smarter and more sustainable city."

The aquaponic farm would include a visitor centre to inform people about sustainable food production and practices in cities.

London Food Board chair Rosie Boycott said: "GrowUp Urban Farms is pioneering an innovative approach that will see a former warehouse in London transformed into a highly productive urban farm, which will cultivate not only great grub but jobs for local people too."

Rosie Boycott secured more than £1.1m in September last year to support the project development, with more than 65% provided by Ignite Social, backed by Centrica.

GrowUp Urban Farms has received funding from InnovateUK through the Agri-Tech Catalyst fund and is working with collaboration partners Arup, Sterner and I+S Associates, as well as dRMM and Cambridge HOK on the design and build of the farm.