Green Infrastructure

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Promoting Green Infrastructure through Planning
10:30 - 11:45
S106 & Development Viability Officer, Planning Policy
LB Islington
Urban Planner
Foster and Partners
Director of Countryside Policy and Management
South Downs National Park
Sustainability Officer, Planning Policy
LB Islington
Vice President
Landscape Institute

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, Vice President, Landscape Institute


  • Green Infrastructure at the heart of urban planning
  • Simon Hicks, Urban Planner, Foster and Partners
  • A GI Plan – Breaking New Ground
  • Andrew Lee, Director of Countryside Policy and Management, South Downs National Park
  • Viability to support green infrastructure
  • Eloise Lobsey, Sustainability Officer, Planning Policy LB Islington
  • Ricky Ching, S106 & Development Viability Officer, Planning Policy, LB Islington
Making space for green infrastructure for multiple benefits
12:00 - 13:15
Bridgman & Bridgman
Green Infrastructure Consultancy
Associate Land Planning
Capita Property & Infrastructure

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, Green Infrastructure Consultancy
  • Delivering green roofs – requirements for success
  • Chris Bridgman, Bridgman & Bridgman
  • Seething Lane Garden - a podium garden for the next 100 years
  • Nicholas Miller, Associate, Capita Lovejoy.
Water, water everywhere…but not always where we want it
13:30 - 14:45
Head of Government Affairs
Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
Head of Policy and Communications
CIWEM (Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management)
Policy Advisor
CIWEM (Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management)
Illman Young
Technical Director
Environmental Protection Group

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 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, Head of Government Affairs, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
  • A place for SuDS? The findings of the Big SuDS Survey
  • Alastair Chisholm, Head of Policy and Communications, CIWEM (Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management)
  • Laura Grant, Policy Adviser, CIWEM
  • Understanding the issues to deliver the results
  • Sue Illman, co-author of CIRIA’s SuDS Construction Guidance, CIC Champion for Flood Mitigation and Resilience, PPLI and Director Illman Young
  • Steve Wilson,  co-author CIRIA’s SuDS Construction Guidance and Co-author of the CIRIA SuDS Manual, Technical Director, Environmental Protection Group


The funding and stewardship of urban green and blue infrastructure
15:00 - 16:15
Environmental Policy Consulting
Landscape Consultant
Peter Neal Consulting
Projects and Operations Director and GI Partnership
Team Manager (Arboriculture)
London Borough of Islington

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.

Julia Thrift, Projects and Operations Director and GI Partnership, TCPA


  • The challenge of stewardship, future models of management
  • Peter Neal, Landscape Consultant,Peter Neal Consulting
  • The economics of SuDS
  • Bruce Horton, Director Environmental Policy Consulting
  • What is the real cost of planting and maintaining a street tree?
  • Jake Tibbetts, Team Manager (Arboriculture) London Borough of Islington



Green Infrastructure as a Building Service
16:30 - 17:45
Principal Horticultural Scientist
Royal Horticultural Society
Professor Emeritus, School of the Built Environment
University of Reading
Head of Sustainability Development

It is the design team’s responsibility to ensure that buildings, whether commercial or domestic, should be ‘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, Head of Sustainability Development, CIBSE

  • WELL Delivered. Case Study: One Carter Lane, Europe's first WELL certified project
  • Alan Fogarty, Sustainability Partner, Cundall
  • The Impact of Biophilia on Health and Wellbeing
  • Professor Derek Clements-Croome, Professor Emeritus, School of the Built Environment, University of Reading
  • Not all plants are the same – multiple benefits, selection and management
  • Dr Tijana Blanusa, Principal Horticultural Scientist, Royal Horticultural Society


The ARCC network and CIBSE Green infrastructure design challenge will be launched following this session.