[Hw] Hemp works

AUTHOR: Anna Holden

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Scenario Games Action Plan:


The prototype observes the potential of a new type of shopping experience which is generated through a cycle of on-site raw produce, factory manufacture and retail. The factory deviates from normal industrial manufacture by utilising the existing surrounding green spaces or redundant Brownfield spaces to grow the crops relevant to the product being produced. The crops are processed into consumer goods and marketed within the same building, raising awareness of a products origins and questioning the perceived necessity of accumulating air miles by importing raw materials. the factory operates though the manufacture of one main raw ingredient; fibrous crops. The two key types the prototype processes are hemp and flax. Hemp, although perceived as a somewhat controversial crop has legalised potential as a UK crop and could in fact contribute significantly to the reduction of carbon emissions due its hardy nature and consequential requirement for pesticides. The growing and manufacture of the hemp plant will take place on the Beckton site, the built part of the scheme being the industrial process. the main aim of this process is to manufacture clothing to be sold in the same building. The waste products from this process can also be used to satisfy other markets on the site such as the paper industry, cement and the construction industry, plastics, food, oil, soap, dye and animal bedding.

The second aspect of the prototype is that it will accommodate the manufacture of certain goods from the hemp by-products. In this instance, the seeds and flowers will feed into the production of soap and dye whose own by-products thereby feed back into the hemp clothing manufacture during the cleaning and dying phases.

In addition to this, the construction of the hemp factory is also prototypical with regards to its pre-defined construction phases which are based on the availability of by- products from the initial hemp manufacture. The building intends to adopt a zero- carbon concrete ethic. The first stage being enabled by onsite recycled products and cement alternatives. The next phase will take place once the hemp is at a stage where its fibrous properties can be used for lime-hemp cement. This will enable the construction of the dying and spinning part of the building which will in turn allow the production of fabric casts for the concrete.

Any additional by-products unused by the fabric, soap and dye industries will create potential for relationships with other on-site industries who can use hemp to create environmentally friendly products such as paper and construction materials.

The prototype questions the energy consumption of concrete by primarily using onsite produce, manufactured by industry catalysed by the initial prototype hemp industry. It also enables users to experience how everyday products such as clothing emerge from crop to factory to shop.
Crops are grown in a strip organisation, bringing unity to local communities in a format which encourages interaction between boroughs. Crops from three parallel strips are then bought together and manufactured by the prototype. The buildings accessibility will aim to discourage car transport and take advantage of local transport.
The organisation of the building allows for flow between different industries by means of shared spaces between the hemp, soap and dye industries allowing products to be exchanged and raw materials shared. The building also establishes a variety of routes for shoppers for them to view industrial processes.
Stakeholders range from local industries, residents and farmers onsite to a nation wide collaboration between the cement industry, Building Research Establishment (BRE), Suffolk Housing Society (developing hemp in building), England Rural Development Programme (ERDP) and hemp growing/ manufacturing experts as well as the Home Office who must grant permission to grow and manufacture the material.