What is it that we can do with the continual increase of abandoned petrol stations across London? There is an opportunity to use this land which is often in expensive locations for more than simply building a residential housing tower above it. The proposal looks at the potential of how we can firstly incorporate a centre for recharging of electric cars that are hired out on a daily to weekly basis which provides small, fast and economical transport to London.
Secondly the scheme looks at a greater need. Firstly looking at how we can incorporate the elderly back into society and use their knowledge and skills to benefit us. So many elderly residents in London are often being forced to move to the countryside to retire which often is not what they want, being moved away from the family and friends. Elderly are often more at ease with the potential of not having so many possessions and simply want somewhere that they can socialise, shop and feel safe.
The second element of the proposal looks at how using shipping containers, low budget housing can be added to an area. The containers allow for the potential of expansion by being able to join two together and provide the feeling of community with integrated shops, newsagents, dry cleaners, cafes and restaurants.
The opportunity for interaction, safety, relationships and connection with the family is huge, as well as still being an important and integral part of London's society. The idea even allows that if the Grandson or Grandaughter needs disciplining that they can be sent to Grandma's or Grandad's and they will sort them out. The scheme also offers the potential to work with Freitag and Smart.