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

15 April 2015 (Last Updated April 15th, 2015 18:30)

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.