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Moving our streets from health negative to health positive

About this event

To enhance our wellbeing and the environment around us, a core element of future urban developments is making sure our mental and physical health is a design consideration, which can also add economic value and increasing productivity. Do we now have the best opportunity to change the way we live and work as we recovery from Covid19?

In our first two Urban Greening webinars we’ve considered the value of urban greening for cities around the world grappling with the issues of climate change and air pollution and managing transport systems in a post Covid-19 situation and whether urban greening targets are deliverable in reality                                            .

To continue our series, our next webinar will look at how changes to our infrastructure could lead to more health conscious and environmentally considerate streets. Leading to associated benefits, including improved air quality, public health and wellbeing alongside enhancing natural systems.

Our webinar discussion panel will consider:

  • How do planners and approval bodies decide if enough is being done?
  • What statutory guidelines or best practices are they following?
  • How do we develop infrastructure whilst also ensuring consideration to issues around urban greening, public health and the environment?
  • Are there enough resources available to validate an installation, making sure it is fit for purpose throughout its life span?
  • Do designers have enough resources to consider the future management of the asset and its continued performance?
  • What further regulations should be rolled out to ensure delivery of enhanced public spaces?
  • How do we take best practice from inner city areas and roll them out nationally?

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    Robert Huxford Director @ Urban Design Group

    'Improving Streets – Past, Current and Future Practice' Robert will review the new ICE-UDG-PRIAN-TDAG briefing sheet on Current and Withdrawn Street Design Standards, dealing with the problems caused by the use of standards based on 1960s and 1970s guidance, and comparing with current guidance

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    Julia Baker Biodiversity Technical Specialist @ Balfour Beatty

    'Biodiversity Net Gain and people’s wellbeing' During the session Julia will outline key principles in good practice for achieving Biodiversity Net Gain in ways that enhance people’s wellbeing.

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    Ian Titherington SAB Officer @ Cardiff Council

    'The multi-award winning Greener Grangetown scheme' Ian will discuss how Greener Grangetown was designed to transform the quality of the public realm and improve cycling and pedestrian infrastructure. Greener Grangetown won the BCIA, Water Industry Awards and ICE Wales Award.

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    Robin Nicholson Convenor @ the Edge

    Robin is partner of the cooperative architecture practice, Cullinan Studio, which he joined in 1979. He is Convenor of the multi-disciplinary Built and Natural Environment think-tank, The Edge, chairs the Cambridgeshire Quality Panel and is a Member of the NHBC Foundation Expert Panel.

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    Joe Clancy Landscape Architect @ WSP

    'Biophilic Design for Future Streets' Joe will look at how we can utilise ‘biophilic design’ to address emerging future trends within the built environment that threaten our health and wellbeing.

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