Green Infrastructure

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Green Infrastructure – Central to decision making
10:30 - 11:45
Global Landscape Architecture Leader
Founding Director
Grant Associates
Deputy CEO
Landscape Institute
HTA Design

Too often elements of green infrastructure in proposals are struck out in cost-cutting (value engineering) exercises. However evidence is building on the multiple values that green infrastructure can contribute – increased value of place, increased health and air quality, encouragement for more sustainable transport, more pleasant places to live and work. How can we ensure that green infrastructure is central to development and regeneration decisions?

Chair: Paul Lincoln


  • Green Infrastructure with purpose: Tom Armour
  • Creative Collaboration - Ecology of Design​: Andrew Grant
  • Trees as a design tool – the Aylesbury Estate: James Lord
New ideas for urban water management
12:00 - 13:15
SuDs Designer and Landscape Architect
Robert Bray Associates
Wilder Associates

Climate change can bring us too much water with increased intense rainfall or too little with increased droughts. Both future and existing cities need to understand the pressing need and vital role of integrating water in decision making.

Chair: Paul Shaffer


  • Sponge Cities and Water Sensitive Urban Design: Peter Wilder
  • Integrated Water Management Strategies – integrating water into masterplanning​: Carl Pelling
  • Using rainwater management to create great spaces​: Kevin Barton
Green Infrastructure for Healthy Places
13:30 - 14:45
National Director of Systems Leadership
The Leadership Centre and Chair, Place Alliance Healthy Places Working Group
Westley Design and University of Plymouth
Wider Determinants of Health Specialist, Public Health
City of Wolverhampton Council
Studio Associate
IBI Group

Health inequality in the UK has been described as a ‘wicked’ problem. The evidence is mounting to show how the quality of place, or lack of it, can affect people’s mental and physical health. Local authorities now have statutory duties towards public health. Public Health England set up a Healthy Places programme to promote healthy places and homes. Both health and built environment professionals need to understand the role that green infrastructure can play in achieving these ends. This session aims to identify the qualities of a ‘healthy place’ and empower all involved to ensure that ‘healthy places’ are part of the design and delivery brief for their projects and the role that green infrastructure can contribute to this.

Chair: Debbie Sorkin


  • Understanding the wider determinants of health to  enhance placemaking, improve wellbeing and reduce exposure to harmful pollutants: Richard White
  • Designing green infrastructure for inclusive healthy, healing places: Mike Westley
  • Evidence based design for NHS Healthy New Towns: Marcus Wilshere
“Roads in places“ – delivering multiple benefits with green and blue infrastructure to support community and place making.
15:00 - 16:15
Design Action Manager
North Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit.
Chair, Urban Design Panel
Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT)
Cycling Sector Programme Manager,
Phil Jones Associates
5th Studio

Roads are movement corridors in our towns and cities and represent an significant amount of the public realm, but they are also places where people live and work. Well-designed roads can support community connectivity, badly designed ones can be divisive and isolating. Research shows that most car journeys are under 5 miles and could be replaced by active travel. One bus can carry the equivalent of about 50 single occupancy cars in much less road space. How can we achieve a more democratic allocation of public space and improve the quality of place for all?

Chair: Peter Dickinson

  • How to achieve place-making in highway design – an urban design perspective: Kieran Perkins
  • Design roads and streets for people walking and cycling: Lucy Marstrand
  • From plans to reality​: Amy Burbidge
Integrating green and engineered infrastructure for multiple benefits
16:30 - 17:45
Senior Ecologist
Keir Highways
School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
University of Glasgow
Senior Advisor (Net Gain and Green Infrastructure)
Natural England
Group Environmental and Climate Change Coordinator
Transport for London and Chair of the Linear Infrastructure Network (LINet)

Infrastructure projects can provide opportunities for multiple benefits including improving the quality of the natural environment and increased long term biodiversity. But to maximise benefits, including returns on investment, and to overcome the ‘destruction’ caused by engineered infrastructure works, it is important to take a more holistic, circular approach; to appoint the right players in a multi-disciplinary design and delivery team and to recognise that it is not just the initial capital expenditure that achieves results but the long term maintenance and how this can be undertaken both physically and most cost effectively. This session explores the issues and presents case studies and ways of putting research into practice.

Chair: Helen Woolston


  • Maximising the business and other benefits of green infrastructure​: Dr Nick White
  • Using Nature to improve hard infrastructure: Dr Larissa Naylor
  • Nature on the verge: exploring the potential of transport corridors: Leonardo Gubert