Earth Centre

Coming from Greenpeace in 1990 when, arguably, it had become the most influential ngo in the world, and in the slipstream of Gro Brundtland’s, ‘Our Common Future’ (1987) which first defined ‘sustainable development’, Jonathan Smales conceived The Earth Centre. Working later with FCBStudios, Will Allsop and Future Systems (all subsequently Sterling Prize winning architects), Andy Grant (Grant Associates), Patrick Bellew (Atelier10) and Neil Thomas (Aterlier1), Thomas Matthews and the ridiculously determined and insightful Dan Epstein, The Earth Centre became a national millennium project for the UK. A pioneer of sustainable architecture, construction, landscape, energy and land reclamation, it influenced a generation of designers. The trees planted on the derelict coal mines at Cadeby and Denaby have now become a glorious 400-acre forest.