Green Infrastructure Policy & Guidance

Local government, agencies and utility companies come to GIC for assistance in drafting policy and guidance documents relating to urban greening, roof greening, sustainable drainage and climate change adaptation. Our clients include the Environment Agency, the Mayor of London (we wrote London’s living roof policy), the City of Westminster, the RSPB, Bat Conservation Trust and the HSY (Helsinki Metropolitan water company), amongst others

Mayor of London – Urban Greening Factor

As part of the background work on the new London Plan, working with The Ecology Consultancy and Temple Group, GIC recently undertook a review of Urban Greening Factor schemes operated in major cities across the world. Urban Greening Factor schemes assign scores to planning proposals and set targets, which enable planners to make simple and reliable assessments of the extent and functionality of green infrastructure. These schemes have already proven their worth in several cities, including Berlin and Washington DC, driving up the quality of green infrastructure in development. We held a workshop at City Hall and drafted a report recommending that London adopts its own scheme, targeting places where particularly dense development will benefit from a closer look at future green infrastructure provision.

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City of London adopts the urban greening policy | UGF

City of London adopts the urban greening policy | UGF

The  City of London’s Planning and Transportation Committee, recently backed an ambitious Local Plan ‘City Plan 2036’  This marks a move to improve the quality of the environment of the Square Mile. Furthermore, it recognises the need to deal with the  pressing issues of climate change, health and wellbeing. City of London | Local Plan… Read More

Cambridge green roof policy workshop and seminar May 2018

Cambridge green roof policy workshop and seminar May 2018

GIC recently provided a seminar/workshop for Cambridge City Council on green roofs.  The council sees green roofs as an important element within the new the local plan. Therefore, with GIC’s skill and knowledge of green roofs the purpose of the day was to help frame how to take this policy forward. GIC has been instrumental… Read More

Green roof inspections and sign offs are becoming increasing important

Green roof inspections and sign offs are becoming increasing important

Green roof inspections are becoming increasingly important. Inspections are now being required by planning authorities, especially in London, to ensure that a green roof fulfils planning conditions. So where does GIC come in? Firstly,  GIC specialises in detailed green roof specifications. This gets it right from the start. And secondly we have a track record… Read More