Students will work in teams to create proposals for improvements to the sites

Date posted

27 January 2021


Gas company SGN and Edinburgh Napier University have launched a collaborative project to reimagine six old fossil fuel sites to respond to climate change adaption and help improve biodiversity in wellbeing, community and inclusion.

The project is the latest in SGN's commitment to building a shared net zero future by taking environmental action to reduce our impact on climate change as well as socially benefitting the communities it serves.A mock up involving one of SGN's former sites.

Edinburgh Napier University students will work in teams to create proposals for improvements to the sites and present their progress through blogs, videos, exhibitions and demonstrations over the next five months.

Academics, external experts and industry professionals are delivering a series of lectures and virtual site visits during January to introduce the themes and concepts around the project brief. Teams will then participate in workshops led by professional designers to help generate their creative ideas to reimagine our Armadale, Glenmavis, Hamilton, Hawick, Irvine and Paisley sites.

SGN's Senior Business Lead on Environment and Climate Change Carolina Karlstrom said: “We’re so excited to be working with Edinburgh Napier University on this project to reimagine fossil fuel spaces for good. This project fits perfectly with our environmental sustainability strategy and SGN’s drive to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2045.

“The students, who are current and future change makers, are being given a blank canvas to use their creativity and show how environmental and community action go hand in hand. I can’t wait to see the ideas they’ll come up with.”

Ruth Cochrane, Enterprise Lead within the School of Arts and Creative Industries at Edinburgh Napier University, said: “We’re thrilled to have this opportunity for students and academics from a such a wide range of disciplines to work together on a project for social good. 

“SGN is bravely supporting a venture with uncertain outcomes, showing their commitment to innovation and creative problem-solving, while allowing us to develop essential meta skills in our future graduates.  Together SGN and Edinburgh Napier University are creating a space for amazing ideas to take shape and I can’t wait to see what emerges.”

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