University and SGN partner to reimagine former fossil fuel sites

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SGN and Edinburgh Napier University have launched a collaborative project to reimagine six former fossil fuel sites.

The initiative comes as part of the gas firm’s commitment to building a shared net zero future by taking environmental action to reduce its impact on climate change as well as socially benefiting the communities it serves.

Students from the university 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 throughout January to introduce themes and concepts around the project brief. Workshops will come later in the project and be led by professional designers to help generate creative ideas to reimagine the Armadale, Glenmavis, Hamilton, Hawick, Irvine and Paisley SGN 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, added, “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.