Once the home of a coal-fired power station, the London Sustainable Industries Park (SIP) at Dagenham Dock, in east London, is going to be the UK’s largest concentration of environmental industries and technologies. It provides occupants with access to national and international networks and world class research teams to support their development, which is helped by an onsite centre of excellence, the Thames Gateway Institute for Sustainability (LTGDC) – a UK government agency tasked with overseeing regeneration of areas all over east London.

“We’re putting in a lot more landscape infrastructure creating an environment which is much more business park than industrial estate,” said Mark Bradbury, LTGDC’s deputy director of development. A heat network is being installed allowing some of the energy produced to be shared by businesses on site.

So far there is only one tenant at the London Sustainable Industries Park. It is Closed Loop, a company that originated in Australia and that was the first in the world to use the latest technologies to recycle 35,000 tonnes of used plastic bottles a year into new, food grade PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) and HDPE (High Density Polyethylene).

The project is to transform the area into a clean-tech hub. Other companies are set to move in this year. Waste-management company Cyclamax is scheduled to install a renewable-energy power plant creating 16 megawatts of electricity, while TEG (an organic waste recycler) has been given the green light to develop an anaerobic digestion plant.