Oldham Council is to submit plans for a “multi-million pound” environmental centre at Alexandra Park as part of its Northern Roots development project.
Phase one of the project will see 160 acres of green space at Snipe Clough, including the current council depot at Alexandra Park, transformed into an urban farm and eco park.
The eco facility will provide office space, operational buildings, greenhouses and storage facilities and serve as a base for enterprises and community projects, under the proposals.
It is part of Oldham’s efforts to become the “greenest borough in the region” and would be powered using a combination of bio-mass and solar energy.
Cllr Sean Fielding, leader of Oldham Council, said: “The centre would…provide employment and enhanced training opportunities. We’re also looking for the centre to have low running costs, which is another bonus.”
Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham said during a visit to the site: “In our five-year environment plan we’ve set out our ambition to tackle the effects of climate change and make our city-region carbon-neutral by 2038.
“A vital part of this will be looking at how we can regenerate urban green spaces and put them at the heart of our communities.
“Northern Roots has the potential to transform the way we think about urban green space, not only in Greater Manchester but on a national scale.”
Cllr Abdul Jabbar, deputy leader of Oldham Council and cabinet member for finance and corporate services, added: “The depot at Alexandra Park is coming to the end of its working life and the new centre would support Northern Roots and put Oldham on the map as a pioneer of new social, environmental and economic ways of working.”
The project team includes architect Walker Simpson, M&E and energy strategy consultant WYG, structural engineers Aecom and Keelagher, and Okey Klein as principal designer.
The plans are to be submitted this week with work expected to start later this year.
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