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Green infrastructure factor – a tool for landscape planning

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...

The Greening Permit In Paris

The Greening Permit In Paris

Gardening in the streets of Paris? That’s allowed! Since June 30, 2015, the Paris Greening Permit has provided 2500 people with an opportunity to get involved in greening the city. Thanks to this new programme, every Parisian can become a gardener for a local,...

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...

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...

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...

A dry meadow green roof in the heart of London –  GIC Projects

A dry meadow green roof in the heart of London – GIC Projects

A dry meadow green roof can easily be created. Existing simple sedum green roofs can be transformed into dry meadows with a little thought and design. This is what the Green Infrastructure Consultancy help achieve on this sedum roof in the City of London. Sedum Green...

Wetland Green Roof in London Thriving

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...

‘Every raindrop counts’ – green infrastructure in action

‘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...

UK’s most sustainable historic building in London’s West End

UK’s most sustainable historic building in London’s West End

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.

Green Infrastructure Qatar

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...

Green Sky Thinking

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...

Green Infrastructure & Housing Estates

Green Infrastructure & 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.

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