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Tuesday 16 October 2018

VIDEO: Take a look at Diarmuid Gavin's €2.5m planned urban garden - using shipping containers

Garden plan
Garden plan
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Diarmuid Gavin has been given the go-ahead to build a £2.3m (€2.5m) urban garden, using shipping containers for the installation.

The Irish gardener's concept, which will be the world's largest container garden when it's realised, was granted planning permission today.

Based on the banks of the River Tyne in Newcastle, the sprawling structure will include cafes, shops and businesses.

A Plaza Garden and a main Urban Garden, which will be created using 90 shipping containers, will feature on the 192-metre-long site on the quays.

Some 60 stacked shipping containers, planted with flowers, herbs and vegetables, will create a walled terrace and internal vertical walls as part of the main Urban Garden.

The Plaza garden, which will house will house start-ups, cafes, shops, artists’ studios, galleries, a bakery, a brewery, a bike repair hub and a tattoo parlour, will be created using another 30 shipping containers. 

Diarmuid Gavin said that site at Gateshead and Newcastle has "an intoxicating mix of architecture and a rich history which goes back to Roman times".

The project is set to be a key visitor destination for the 2018 Great Exhibition of the North and it’s estimated that over 200,000 people will visit the urban oasis annually over the 5-year temporary installation. 

Some 100 people will be working on the site - and the site garden will be maintained by National Trust gardeners and volunteers.    

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