Over 80 delegates convened at Imperial College London on Nov. 11th, 2015 to hear about:
- The computer models and tools developed by the Blue Green Dream consortium
- The opportunities in London for achieving our Blue Green vision
- The steps being taken both within the UK and internationally to implement the Blue Green paradigm
After the initial introductions by the BGD leader Prof. Cedo Maksimovic and the BGD project manager Dr Karl Smith, delegates were treated to insights into the cutting edge research being pursued by the BGD consortium to quantify the benefits of green infrastructure and develop models of the performance of green infrastructure.
In the second second session, the supporting science behind the BGD was introduced. Delegates heard how the University of Reading and the Royal Horticultural Society are collaboratively assessing the effect that irrigation with greywater has on the ecosystem service provision of green roof plant species and how Imperial College is using the data collected from its blue green roof facility to develop a predictive model of green roofs’ stormwater detention and building energy efficiency performance.
Next, the tools and services created by the BGD consortium were introduced. These included: the Integrated Modelling System – for systematically developing Blue Green plans that consider all key interactions between blue green infrastructure, the site buildings and the local environment; the Adaptation Support Tool – for co-creating and refining, with stakeholder groups, designs for Blue Green retrofit schemes; UWOT – for optimising the efficiency of water networks from the individual household to the city level; the Intelligent Cistern – for ensuring that stormwater/rainwater storage tanks are partially discharged prior to intense rainfall events to facilitate their use as flood risk mitigation measure.
In the mid-afternoon session, our guest speakers, who included Alex Nickson of the Greater London Authority and Tom Cardis, of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (ODPC), described some potential pathways and opportunities for implementing the BGD philosophy in London. The Old Oak and Park Royal site, which will be the largest development in the UK and will feature the only connection point between the new HS2 rail-line and Crossrail, is poised to set a precedent in Blue Green planning for the capital. We heard from practitioners Roger Helmsworth of architects Pollard Thomas Edwards and ecologist Mike Wells, head of Biodiversity by Design, on the blue greening of architectural plans/designs and a post-industrial site respectively.
Finally, we heard from Alex Panko about the new, blue green paradigm for sustainable, high speed construction in development between the BGD spin-off Blue Green Global and modular building company Panablok. Tony Brophy, who organised the 2014 Sustainable Green Infrastructure Conference held in London, concluded proceedings with a rousing and affirmative speech on the steps being taken by Prof Cedo Maksimovic and the greater BGD community to truly achieve the BGD’s vision.
You can now download presentations from the event – see below:
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BGD Mission and Achievements
BGD Concept, Consortium and Vision Dr Karl Smith, Imperial College London
BGD Supporting Science, Processes and Models
Optimising Urban Plants’ Water Management to Support Provision of Ecosystem Services Sarah Kemp, Dr Tijana Blaunsa, Prof. Paul Hadley: University of Reading, Royal Horticultural Society
The Imperial Blue Green Roof – Quantificiation and Modelling of Benefits Xi Liu, Čedo Maksimović, Ana Mijic: Imperial College London
Blue Green Solutions for Urban Planning Srdjan Stankovic, Prof. Čedo Maksimović, Prof. Aleksandra Đukić: Imperial College London, University of Belgrade
The BGD Tools and Services
Adaptation Support Tool (AST) Prof. Frans van de Ven, Deltares
Multi-Hydro Dr Auguste Gires, ENPC ParisTech
Urban Water management via The Intelligent Cistern, Urban Tree Pit and the BGD Evaluation Matrix Daniel Geisler, TU Berlin (with material also from IPS – Sieker)
Introducing UWOT: The Urban Water Optioneering Tool Atiyeh Ardakanian, University College London (on behalf of Dr. Christos Makropoulos, National Technical University of Athens, Prof. Čedo Maksimović, Imperial College London)
Costing the Benefits of Blue Green Solutions Dr Ana Mijic, Imperial College London
The BGD in Practice and its Potential
The BGD outlook – Implementation of Blue Green Solutions
The BGD Vision for a Blue Green Future Tony Brophy