Soft Landscape Workshop

Taking Gardens and Landscapes to a Whole New Level 

Podium Deck Planting - The New Hanging Gardens of Babylon?

Hear from award winning designer Dan Pearson, Laura Gatti, planting designer for Bosco Verticale, and Tim O'Hare on soil issues with podium landscapes. For more information and to book a place, click here

Landscape For Scotland

The Landscape Institute Scotland have recently presented their Vision for Scotland: ‘Landscape for Scotland’. The document encourages Scotland’s commitment to international best practice in landscape protection, planning and management and supports the Scottish Government in delivering its Programme for Scotland. It demonstrates that Scottish landscapes are an essential aspect of people’s sense of place and belonging, contributing to the health and wellbeing of communities and also the role of landscape professionals in shaping the distinctive urban, rural and wild places that make Scotland so special.

To download a copy, click here.

Two new CIRIA guides launched

CIRIA have recently launched two new guides - one complements CIRIA’s SuDS Manual, and provides practical advice about how to build SuDs, whilst the other concerns delivering green infrastructure along linear assets.

The SuDS guidance document, has been created to support and provide greater confidences to those designing, specifying and constructing SuDS by helping them to understand and avoid common pitfalls  experienced through the delivery process. 

Well-designed and managed green infrastructure installed alongside linear assets such as road and rail networks can reduce whole-life costs and add many benefits. This new guide, published by CIRIA, is the first phase of a project to identify and share good practice in planning, management and retrofitting. For more details, click here.

Green infrastructure design challenge 2018 – call for entries

CIBSE & UKCIP have launched their third annual GI design challenge!

Supported by ecobuild, the challenge highlights the role of building-level green infrastructure, such as green roofs, living walls, indoor farms and gardens in creating sustainable indoor and outdoor environments. The deadline for the 2018 challenge is noon on 19th February 2018.

Design principles

Entries should consider what constitutes a healthy, productive and sustainable urban environment from both a building performance perspective, and as an improvement of surrounding public spaces. The designs should be effective now and as the climate changes.

The objectives of the design challenge are to:

  • Showcase opportunities to improve the liveability of our cities through GI
  • Demonstrate how GI can make an area an attractive place to work
  • Demonstrate how GI can contribute to improved health and wellbeing
  • Improve energy efficiency and climatic resilience.

Submissions must include design and operation solutions that enhance the indoor and outdoor environment, particularly those that:

  • Enhance the primary use of land and unlock additional benefits
  • Improve air quality
  • Reduce overheating risk
  • Improve flood resilience
  • Promote more sustainable transport, such as cycling and walking
  • Take account of likely future shortages in public water supply
  • Improve energy efficiency.

For more information and the submit an entry, click here.

Green infrastructure quality benchmark launched

Building with Nature is a national benchmark that sets a standard for good-quality, multi-functional green infrastructure. Aimed at new housing and commercial developments, it can be used to inform and shape the whole development process, from pre-application discussions right through to the development’s eventual maintenance. Developers or planning authorities can apply for a Building with Nature award at any stage of the development process. The benchmark has been developed by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and the University of the West of England, and was tested on a range of projects before its national launch earlier this month. Testing in Scotland is now being carried out in conjunction with the Central Scotland Green Network Trust. For more details, click here.