Author : Jason Lamb

University : The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

Status : MArch, 2014

Advisors : CJ Lim and Bernd Felsinger

Title : FRACKPOOL | The Legacy of Hydraulic Fracturing in Blackpool

Chinese investment prompts the transitory integration of hydraulic fracturing within Blackpool, for the exploitation of shale gas. An unconventional approach towards hydraulic fracturing instigates urban regeneration and provides a framework which cultivates new industries, generates sustainable water systems and induces renewable methods of energy production. Thirty-five fracking stations are integrated and a sustainable offshore community is constructed to offset affected communities. During fracking the station serves as a platform from which shale gas can be extracted, processed and distributed. Over an 80 year timespan, the project speculates the transformation of Blackpool from an industrial Petropolis, to a less resource dependent and decentralized sustainable city. Industrial infrastructure once used for hydraulic fracturing is re-purposed to process energy crops and grey-water from the region. As a method of urban regeneration, the legacy plan aims to enhance socio-economic and well-being opportunities for communities in Blackpool.


S//A: What’s the most important aspect of this project that we should be aware of?
Jason Lamb_ Hydraulic Fracturing. The proposal is a visionary wonderland of how Blackpool may appear and function in the legacy of hydraulic fracturing. Despite the project taking a fictional narrative, the premise is very real and highly topical. It will be interesting to see how the future of hydraulic fracturing in the UK unfolds…

S//A: What other fields outside of architecture interest you?
JB_ Cinema, type and illustration.

S//A: Most important thing you learned in architecture school?
JB_ Detail, finesse and how you can never spend too much time selecting the correct paper!

S//A: Describe your dream project
JB_ Anything which enforces me to employ lots of imagination, realise seemingly impossible ideas and generate original proposals!