The purpose of this session is to empower those working in the built environment to know how best to use the planning system to promote green infrastructure opportunities in their projects for public benefit.
Chair: Ian Phillips
- Green Infrastructure at the heart of urban planning: Simon Hicks
- A GI Plan – Breaking New Ground: Andrew Lee
- Viability to support green infrastructure: Eloise Lobsey, Ricky Ching
Green infrastructure means more than urban parks, green streets and rain-gardens, important though these are, the opportunities extend to the roofs and façades of buildings and podium gardens over basements both in new build and retrofitting. Green infrastructure can deliver multiple benefits including reducing the urban heat island, increasing biodiversity, improving air quality, enhancing physical and mental health as well as providing access to ‘greening’ where other options may be unavailable. How can these be delivered in a meaningful way to be most effective in performance, costs and maintenance?
Chair: Gary Grant, Green Infrastructure Consultancy
- Green façades and green roofs – state of the art for retrofitting and new developments?: Gary Grant
- Delivering green roofs – requirements for success: Chris Bridgman
- Seething Lane Garden - a podium garden for the next 100 years: Nicholas Miller
Climate change predictions suggest that, for the UK, the greatest challenge will be water management and systems maintenance. About 80% of the issues raised by the Climate Change Committee Sub-committee progress report to Parliament in 2015 related to water. For urban places a critical element will be the management of surface water resulting from increasingly heavy downpours. This session provides an update on current legislation and measures being proposed and undertaken to meet these challenges.
Chair: Sue Illman
- Where are we with legislation and is it working?: Richard Benwell
- A place for SuDS? The findings of the Big SuDS Survey: Alastair Chisholm, Laura Grant
- Understanding the issues to deliver the results: Sue Illman, Steve Wilson
There is much evidence to demonstrate the value and services provided by urban green and blue infrastructure, but these assets can only provide such a wide range of benefits with investment to develop and also revenue to manage and maintain them. Too often initial capital investments are made but lack of management and maintenance can mean that the resource created too quickly declines in quality and therefore benefit to users. What are the real costs of stewardship for our urban green and blue infrastructure? What are innovative ways of funding in times of austerity? How can broader partnerships be developed to share the responsibilities? Is privatisation of ‘public’ green space to be feared or can it offer opportunities and benefits not available through the public purse? This session explores these issues.
Chair: Julia Thrift
The challenge of stewardship, future models of management: Peter Neal
The economics of SuDS: Bruce Horton
What is the real cost of planting and maintaining a street tree?: Jake Tibbetts
It is the design team’s responsibility to ensure that buildings, whether commercial or domestic, are also ‘healthy places’. A survey by St Gobain showed that “90% of the public want a home that does not compromise health and well-being”. This seminar explores how this can be achieved through introducing green infrastructure to achieve an improved internal environment for people.
Chair: Sara Kassam
- WELL Delivered. Case Study: One Carter Lane, Europe's first WELL certified project: Alan Fogarty
- The Impact of Biophilia on Health and Wellbeing: Professor Derek Clements-Croome
- Not all plants are the same – multiple benefits, selection and management: Dr Tijana Blanusa
- The ARCC network and CIBSE Green infrastructure design challenge will be launched following this session.