Retrofitting green infrastructure around housing estates

Retrofitting green infrastructure into the existing fabric of the city, is all too often overlooked.  It is also assumed to be impossible to achieve.  The focus, by and large, is on  new developments.  Retrofitting, however, is possible and has the potential to deliver excellent results across the sustainability agenda.   Housing is a major part of… Continue Reading

Pollinators and Solar Energy on a green roof – a win-win

Pollinators and energy on green roofs are a potential win-win. A simple sedum solar green roof is not the answer. The reall win-win is a biosolar roof. The roof in question was installed because of a planning condition ten years ago. The simple sedum roof was not performing very well. The City planners did not want… Continue Reading

plants at work celebrating #plantsatworkweek

Plants at work week –#plantsatworkweek organised by European Federation of Indoor Landscape Groups aims to celebrate the use of plants at work – in offices and other work spaces.  Here at GIC we would argue that both Indoor and outdoor plants are of benefit in and outside the workspace. Benefits of Interior Planting – plants at work Interior planting is often characterised… Continue Reading

Wetland Green Roof in London Thriving

London’s first wetland green roof that was installed in the summer of 2013 on the roof of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London is flourishing. Three Years on – Wetland Green Roof London The visit in May was undertaken with Leon Blaustein of the the the Kadas Green roofs Ecology Centre in Israel. The… Continue Reading

‘Every raindrop counts’ – green infrastructure in action

‘Every Raindrop Counts’ – is an excellent animated video by Lend Lease, leaders in Sustainable Urban regeneration. This should be the way to go for all major urban development schemes. Not just in London but also across the UK. ‘Every Raindrop counts – the Video The Elephant Castle Regeneration Scheme – ‘Every Raindrop Counts’ Working… Continue Reading

UK's most sustainable historic building

Last week Jon Snow opened the UK’s most sustainable historic building in London’s West End. The building achieve the highest BREEAM scoring for such a building. GIC helped achieve this. Working with our sister consultancy The Ecology Consultancy we provided the design and specification for the Biosolar green roof. Continue Reading

Green Infrastructure Qatar

A green infrastructure event Qatar was held in early April in Doha. Al Sulaiteen Industrial Complex and the contractor Nakheel recently sponsored an event organised by Dr. Anna Grichting to launch the new permaculture roof garden at the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning (DAUP) at Qatar University College of Engineering (QU-CENG). Support from the Swiss… Continue Reading

Green Sky Thinking

Green Sky Thinking is a week of talks held in London next week. In partnership with Cundalls and Bere Architects, GIC’s Dusty Gedge will do a real green sky thinking talk. He is involved with an innovative pan-European Project. The project is the promotion, training and education on biosolar roofs. Green Sky Thinking – Renewable… Continue Reading

Green Infrastructure and Housing Estates

GIC has been working with Groundwork London on an innovative project – Climate Proofing Social Housing. The aim of the project is to provide a template for how other social housing estates across London, UK and Europe could retrofit GI within the landscape and built fabric of such properties. Continue Reading

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Retrofitting green infrastructure around housing estates

Retrofitting green infrastructure around housing estates

Retrofitting green infrastructure into the existing fabric of the city, is all too often overlooked.  It is also assumed to be impossible to achieve.  The focus, by and large, is on  new developments.  Retrofitting, however, is possible and has the potential to deliver excellent results across the sustainability agenda.   Housing is a major part of… Read More

Pollinators and Solar Energy on a green roof – a win-win

Pollinators and Solar Energy on a green roof – a win-win

Pollinators and energy on green roofs are a potential win-win. A simple sedum solar green roof is not the answer. The reall win-win is a biosolar roof. The roof in question was installed because of a planning condition ten years ago. The simple sedum roof was not performing very well. The City planners did not want… Read More

plants at work celebrating #plantsatworkweek

plants at work celebrating #plantsatworkweek

Plants at work week –#plantsatworkweek organised by European Federation of Indoor Landscape Groups aims to celebrate the use of plants at work – in offices and other work spaces.  Here at GIC we would argue that both Indoor and outdoor plants are of benefit in and outside the workspace. Benefits of Interior Planting – plants at work Interior planting is often characterised… Read More