Alastair Mant, Head of Business Transformation for UKGBC, Tom Riordan CEO of Leeds City Council and Dr Kathryn Oldham OBE, Chief Resilience Officer for Greater Manchester Combined Authority join speakers for 8 November conference on future-proofing projects from environmental risk
More speakers have been announced for The Developer’s one-day conference on policy shifts and regulatory changes such as Biodiversity Net Gain and sustainable drainage rules that will impact the design of public spaces, housing and masterplans.
The Developer Live: Risk & Resilience will bring together 200 development directors, architects, Local Authority planning and regeneration teams, scientists and sustainability experts on Friday, 8 November, 2019 to explore how to successfully develop our cities in response to rising environmental risks.
Experts from Defra and Natural England will discuss the critical contents of the Draft Environment Bill, including the mandate that developers increase biodiversity by 10 per cent on all sites, which is likely to bring an increased need for green roofs, walls and innovative re-wilding such as wildflower meadows on urban sites.
“It’s no longer enough to mitigate,” Alex Green, sustainability director at the British Property Federation recently told The Developer. “Now the industry must ecologically enhance a site.”
At the conference, Andrew Ruck, the Defra senior advisor in charge of the metric will explain how it will be used to calculate the biodiversity of sites before and after development. Ruck will be joined by Nick White of Natural England to explain and answer questions about Biodiversity Net Gain.
Television personality, speaker and biodiversity enthusiast Dusty Gedge will run an interactive session sharing his insight on greening urban sites after 15 years working at the forefront of the living roof and wall industry.
Alastair Mant, Head of Business Transformation for UKGBC will discuss how designing with nature can help mitigate major risks such as overheating, floods and drought.
Louise Clarke from The Berkeley Group and Sarah Jones-Morris of the Landscape Institute will share case studies of best practice.
With flooding and water shortages both on the agenda for UK policy. The ambition to slow water run-off into drains to replenish ground water reserves is behind increasingly stringent sustainable urban drainage requirements (SuDS). It was recently revealed that 60% of professionals had their planning application delayed or refused due to their sustainable drainage strategy.
On the subject of water risk, several professionals will be sharing case studies on designing for drainage and floods, including CEO of Leeds City Council, Tom Riordon. Leeds has recently undertaken a range of critical flood mitigation projects, the output of a Strategic Flood Risk Assessment of how flooding will impact development, determine appropriate land use and undertake mitigation projects.
Speaking about their Smart Canal system, which has unlocked previously unsuitable land for development, is Katie Hughes, estates director from Scottish Canals.
On designing for and with water, Kevin Barton, director at Robert Bray Associates will speak about his exemplary projects including work in Sheffield city centre, while Dirk van Peijpe, director at De Urbanisten, will be sharing insight from their revolutionary Dutch water parks.
Leading figures will also be discussing how to make design and investment choices, including Alexandra Notay from Places for People Capital, Chantal Henderson, director of commercial finance at Grosvenor Britain & Ireland and Dr. Kathryn Oldham OBE, chief resilience officer at the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
There is also a session on the circular economy, in response to several urban councils now working on policy to implement circular systems. With other industries are ahead of construction when it comes to taking the blockchain approach, Lugano Kapembwa, Associate Director of Whole Earth Futures will explain what it mean to ‘go circular’ and taking a blockchain approach. Duncan Baker-Brown will discuss circular architecture while Salam Kaddouh, senior consultant at Sofies, will offer the opportunity for delegates to play a circular economy game.
Finally, with falling life expectancy and moral panic about air pollution, a panel discussion will examine how design and green infrastructure can positively impact the health and wellbeing of tenants and citizens.
In a session that explores what the science tells us about designing healthy cities and examine what greening projects have made a difference to communities in the UK, delegates will hear from Dr Gemma Jerome, director at Building with Nature, and Marie Müller, cognitive neuroscientist at UCL.
Risk & Resilience takes place at Illuminate at the Science Museum, London, on 8 November 2019. Registration is now open.