FoodSync were tasked with providing technical and strategic advice on the productive element of the UK’s largest urban farm. We were sub-contracted from the University of Salford, whose role was to work with the design team to develop the master plan for the site. FoodSync provided an economic modelling function to assist with site planning, commercial viability assessment, and environmental and social impact outcome forecasting. We then scenario modeled this to give an optimised model and key recommendations.
The work required a great deal of primary and secondary data collecting and manipulation to form a model of operations for both core horticulture, agriculture, retail, catering, and hospitality activity, but also due to the challenging nature of this sector. We also modeled ‘value added products’, experiences, training, and associated revenue streams.
Through this process, we developed operational and capital expenditure models for each core activity highlighted in the original vision for the site. The economic modelling has formed a core part of the business case for Oldham’s Towns Fund application.
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