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, Projects and Operations Director and GI Partnership, TCPA



  • Implementing Climate Proofing for Social Housing Landscapes
  • Hannah Baker, Programme Manager, Groundwork London
  • Implications of future climate on natural infrastructure, flooding and urban environments
  • Kelly Gunnell, PhD Research Student, Environmental Dynamics Research Group, Geography Department, King’s College London
  • Climate proofing through innovative delivery of flood alleviation
  • Chryse Tinsley, Landscape Planner, Leicester City Council
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 aboveground expectations – time to ‘design the underworld’.

Chair: Robert Huxford, Director Urban Design Group and Member of the ICE Expert Municipal Panel



  • Above ground vision - integrating green and blue infrastructure through water sensitive urban design
  • Gary Grant, Green Infrastructure Consultancy
  • Below ground reality
  • Robert Huxford, Director Urban Design Group and Member of the ICE Expert Municipal Panel
  • What does a more integrated approach require?
  • John Thomson, Vice President, The International Federation of Municipal Engineering and Project Manager of the National Roads Development Guide for Scotland
  • Achieving success from planning to delivery
  • Suzanne Scobie, Associate, Infrastructure & Sustainability, Aecom
Natural Capital – the business case for Green Infrastructure
13:30 - 14:30
Principal Policy Officer – Green Infrastructure
Greater London Authority
Project Development Officer
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, Principal Policy Officer – Green Infrastructure, Greater London Authority

  • Towards sustainable land-use in planning and development: the Natural Capital Planning Tool (NCPT) project
  • Oliver Hölzinger, Owner, CEEP
  • Urban trees – contributing to real savings
  • Kenton Rogers, Co-founder, Treeconomics
  • Delivering the business case in practice
  • Clare Olver, Project Development Officer, The Mersey Forest


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, Associate Director, Allies and Morrison

  • Inspiring Design Engaging Communities
  • Mak Gilchrist, FRSA, Founding Director
  • Will Sandy, Creative Director and Landscape Architect,The Edible Bus Stop
  • Uniting communities through food
  • Victoria Sherwin, Co-founder /Director Incredible Edible Lambeth and fundraiser/community development consultant supporting the development of Myatt's Fields Park and Vassall and Coldharbour Forum
  • Sue Sheehan, Co-founder/Director, Incredible Edible Lambeth and freelance green community development consultant
  • My backyard – the value of domestic gardens
  • Fraser Baker, Research Associate, University of Leicester