WEBINAR: Moving to health positive streets Watch on demand now

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 increase productivity. Do we now have the best opportunity to change the way we live and work as we recover from Covid19?

This webinar was live on the 15th September 2020

We’ll generate a document of the Q and A and publish it here as soon as possible.

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About this Webinar

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 looked 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 considered:

  • 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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Briefing sheet on street design standards

briefing sheet on street design standards. Sept 2020

Introducing the speakers

Chair: Robin Nicholson CBE RIBA Hon FIStructE Hon FCIBSE

Robin Nicholson is a 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.

Robin is an Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham and lectures in UK and abroad on the work of the practice in the context of the climate emergency and the need for industrial change.

Previously he was a Vice-President of the RIBA (1992-94), Chairman of the Construction Industry Council (1998-2000), a founder member of the Movement for Innovation Board (1998-2001), a CABE Commissioner (2002-10) and a Non-Executive Director of the NHBC (2007-14)

Speaker: Robert Huxford | Urban Design Group - Street Improvement Manual

Robert Huxford is director of the Urban Design Group, an international membership charity for people concerned about improving the design of cities, towns and villages.  He is co-founder of PRIAN, the Public Realm Information and Advice Network, and a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers Municipal Expert Panel.  

He has been involved in a number of publications on the design and management of towns and cities covering, subjects such as transportation, streets, public realm, highway law and urban watercourses.  

Speaker: Dr Julia Baker | Biodiversity Technical Specialist at Balfour Beatty

Dr Julia Baker is the Biodiversity Technical Specialist at Balfour Beatty, a major infrastructure contractor in the UK. Julia has worked on Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) projects for a variety of infrastructure developments including highways, railways, energy and housing project. She is the lead author of the UK’s Good Practice Principles on BNG and the recently published practical guide on BNG, and co-authored the international “No Net Loss for Biodiversity and People”. Currently Julia is on the Natural England Sounding Board for the biodiversity metric, and an Associate for the International Institute of Environment and Development.

Speaker: Joe Clancy | WSP - biophilic design in architecture

Joe Clancy is an award-winning Landscape Architect at WSP, a global design and engineering firm. He is one of the co-authors of Terrapin Bright Green’s 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design and has previously lectured at the EU funded COST RESTORE training school. At WSP, Joe’s work ranges from urban renewal and public realm projects to active travel networks. Through WSP’s Future Ready programme, Joe aims to incorporate more experiences of nature into the built environment of these projects to enhance human health and well-being, alongside productivity and place attachment.

Speaker: Ian Titherington - Lead Officer (drainage) | Cardiff Council

Ian Titherington is a SAB Officer at Cardiff City Council with over 30 years’ experience as a Civil Engineer in Local Government. He provides advise on all drainage matters relating to planning applications. These can range from simple house extensions to housing developments of 7000 homes. He was the Project Coordinator & instigator of Greener Grangetown and was the Susdrain UK SuDS Champion 2019.

Moderator: Adam Cane | Knowledge Manager | ACO

Educated as a Civil Engineer BSc (Hons), Adam began his career working as a Highways and Bridge Engineer for a local council, giving him hands-on experience. In his six years at ACO, he has enjoyed multiple highly technical roles supporting Engineers on high-level projects. He now uses that knowledge as the Knowledge Manager to create and manage ACO's CPD portfolio and online knowledge base

Key Stats

  • The UK continues to exceed legal air pollution limits in 83% of reporting zones, 10 years after the target meant to be achieved.
  • Air pollution is estimated to be responsible for 40,000 deaths per year and is known to have drastic effect on health from respiratory problems to heart and lung disease.
  • We lost an estimated 54,000 acres of green space to artificial surfaces between 2006 and 2012.
  • Green spaces such as parks have an economic value of £34 billion per annum for our health and wellbeing.
  • UK percentage of water bodies with ‘good’ or ‘high’ ecological status only 35% in 2018.
  • Green spaces save the NHS £111 million per year in the reduced visits to GP practices.
  • Biodiversity contributes £680 million towards the UK economy per annum due to species of pollinators.