Green Infrastructure

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Climate proofing urban areas through Green Infrastructure
10:30 - 11:45
Programme Manager
Groundwork London
PhD Research Student, Environmental Dynamics Research Group Geography Department
King’s College London
Projects and Operations Director and GI Partnership
Landscape Planner
Leicester City Council

Research and practice is emerging to demonstrate the significant role that Green Infrastructure can play in ‘climate proofing’ our urban environments. This seminar stream will offer three case studies/research projects to demonstrate how this can be used in practice.

Chair: Julia Thrift


  • Implementing climate proofing for social housing landscapes: Hannah Baker
  • Implications of future climate on natural infrastructure, flooding and urban environments: Kelly Gunnell
  • Climate proofing through innovative delivery of flood alleviation: Chryse Tinsley
Designing the underworld for Green Infrastructure
12:00 - 13:15
Green Infrastructure Consultancy
Director / Member
Urban Design Group / ICE Expert Municipal Panel
Associate, Infrastructure & Sustainability
Vice President
The International Federation of Municipal Engineering and Project Manager of the National Roads Development Guide for Scotland

If we are to achieve good quality, higher performance public realm spaces in our towns and cities, it is vital that the below ground is designed to incorporate above ground expectations – time to ‘design the underworld’.

Chair: Robert Huxford


  • Above ground vision - integrating green and blue infrastructure through water sensitive urban design: Gary Grant
  • Below ground reality: Robert Huxford
  • What does a more integrated approach require?: John Thomson
  • Achieving success from planning to delivery: Suzanne Scobie
Natural Capital – the business case for Green Infrastructure
13:30 - 14:30
Principal Policy Officer – Green Infrastructure
Greater London Authority
The Mersey Forest

The Natural Capital Committee advises that there should be no loss and, indeed, an increase in natural capital as the result of development or regeneration projects. As ever, the case for this approach depends on a robust business case. This session looks at the business case and how it can help planners and designers win the day.

Chair: Peter Massini


  • Towards sustainable land-use in planning and development: the Natural Capital Planning Tool (NCPT) project: Oliver Hölzinger
  • Urban trees – contributing to real savings: Kenton Rogers
  • Delivering the business case in practice: Paul Nolan
Leading the future – case studies from communities
14:45 - 15:45
Research Associate
University of Leicester
Founding Director
The Edible Bus Stop
Associate Director
Allies and Morrison
Creative Director and Landscape Architect
The Edible Bus Stop
Incredible Edible Lambeth
Co-Founder / Director
Incredible Edible Lambeth

While high level policy and legislation can provide a framework, much success is achieved on the ground through community commitment and enthusiasm. This session offers local case studies to show what can be achieved if we engage with our local areas – a direction for the future?

Chair:  Jane Manning


  • Inspiring Design Engaging Communities: Mak Gilchrist, WIll Sandy
  • Uniting communities through food: Victoria Sherwin, Sue Sheehan
  • My backyard – the value of domestic gardens: Fraser Baker