Green Infrastructure Strategies and Briefs

We work with both public and private sector clients to identify issues and priorities in urban green infrastructure planning and design and help to write strategies and briefs that guide the work of designers. Issues like the conservation of biodiversity, building-integrated vegetation and climate change adaptation are still relatively new areas for many firms working in planning and design and it is important that clients make their aspirations clear in the brief before appointing designers. Focussed strategy and guidance documents may also be required to ensure that designers do not waste time and money pursuing inappropriate options or missing opportunities. It is often impossible to add features at a later stage in the design process, so it is important that green infrastructure is considered at any early stage.

Green Infrastructure Strategy, Church Street

GIC has produced for the City of Westminster, a Green Infrastructure Strategy for the regeneration area around Church Street. The intention is to put green roofs, living walls, rain gardens and street trees in the forefront of thinking in a densely developed inner-city area where traditionally there may have been a tendency to overlook greening or underestimate its importance. The document looks at the potential for improving the network of green features and also encourages planners and designers to reduce the overall area of sealed surfaces. There is helpful guidance on planting palettes that will increase biodiversity.

Green Infrastructure de-paving on Church Street London
The document encourages de-paving. Pictured is an illustration of a retro-fitted street rain garden.

Biodiversity Strategy, The International Quarter, Stratford

GIC has produced an overall Biodiversity Strategy for this major commercial development area, known as IQL, as well as a suite of smaller documents for each development project. This puts urban greening on the main agenda for the project overall and also provides designers with guidance on how to integrate features into each scheme. This approach is more effective than the conventional approach, where the issue might be brought up at a later stage, when it if often too late to integrate features. The Biodiversity Strategy has led to the inclusion of several living roofs designed for biodiversity, (see for example Building S9) as well as, a large retaining wall, which ordinarily would have been stark and unvegetated, but which will now be textured, vegetated and will include nest boxes and insect hotels.

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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

Green infrastructure factor – a tool for landscape planning

The Green infrastructure factor is a tool to ensure landscape is properly considered in planning urban development. The Greater London Authority (GLA) is considering incorporating the factor into the new London Plan. Last year GIC worked on a report for the GLA with TEC and Temple Group. Although the green space factor (GSF) maybe a more familiar term,  the green… Read More