Rubbish In - Resources Out

  • Around 20m tonnes of waste is generated every year in London. 60% is managed outside of the area.
  • London is targetting 85% self-sufficiency in management of its own waste by 2020.  

Dow Jones Architects and Arup were commissioned by the Greater London Authority to prepare concept design solutions for locating and integrating alternative waste technologies, such as anaerobic digestion and advanced thermal treatment technologies, within dense urban cities such as London.

Intelligent design is used to provide combined cooling, heat and power to residential, commercial and industrial developments, whilst mitigating the impacts of scale, aesthetics and perceived nuisances such as traffic, noise and odour.

Arup undertook a comprehensive review, and prepared a database, of available alternative waste treatment providers for anaerobic digestion, gasification, pyrolysis and plasma gasification technologies in UK, Europe and globally. 

The final Rubbish In - Resources Out report was launched to an audience of land developers, local authority planners, architects and investors at London's City Hall. The project itself has since won a commendation in the RIBA President’s Awards for Research 2009, the aim of which is to reward and encourage outstanding practice-located research in architecture.


  • Concept Design for Gasification Plant on the River Thames. Credit Dow Jones Architects.Open gallery

    Hypothetical concept design for gasification plant situated on an industrial riverside site.