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 – Green Space 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 Green Space Factor schemes operated in major cities across the world. Green Space 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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Retrofitting green infrastructure around housing estates

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