In July 2015, The Crown Estate, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, Shaftesbury, the Howard de Walden Estate and The Portland Estate, announced that they had formed a unique collaboration to promote green infrastructure through an ecology project entitled ‘Wild West End’. The Crown Estate kick started Wild West End with the London Ecology Masterplan.
The masterplan targets were developed through consultation with the London Wildlife Trust, and target Westminster’s priority species. Through a holistic estate-wide approach, the masterplan provides a long-term, flexible strategy for enhancing landscape and ecological value through the delivery of multi-functional green infrastructure features that provide a range of ecosystem services. It links green spaces with new features to create a green corridor through the site.
Following the implementation of the masterplan, Arup’s project team have provided regular monitoring and quarterly reporting to track the success against the short term targets and review the projected trajectory towards the long term objectives.
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The Crown Estate
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Masterplanning and visitor facility improvements
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The London Ecology Masterplan is written for The Crown Estate’s central London portfolios. Regent Street, with a street frontage of two kilometres, 1.5 million square foot of flagship retail space, over 10,000 employees and more than 7.5 million tourists per year and; St James’s which comprises four million square foot of retail, office and residential space. To the north of the portfolios lies Regent’s Park and to the south west, Green Park and St James’s Park.
The London Ecology Masterplan was commissioned and developed in 2013 with ongoing implementation, monitoring and updating of related documents on a regular basis.
The Crown Estate partnered with Arup to develop an estate-wide approach to ecology and green infrastructure through the implementation of a London Ecology Masterplan.
Landscape practice: Arup; client: The Crown Estate
The nature of The Crown Estate’s Central London portfolios (Regent Street and St James’s) offers a unique opportunity to make a significant improvement to biodiversity through the introduction of a coordinated set of biodiversity features effectively creating an ecological corridor. This will encourage more species of flora and fauna into the area and allow them to move through the urban fabric. On a larger scale, increased connectivity will promote species’ resilience to climate change and help to nurture a healthy and functioning ecosystem leading to an increase in biodiversity.
In July 2015, The Crown Estate, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, Shaftesbury, the Howard de Walden Estate and The Portland Estate, announced that they had formed a unique collaboration to promote green infrastructure through an ecology project entitled ‘Wild West End’. The project, the first city centre ecology project worldwide to be conceived and driven forward by an industry partnership of this sort, is supported by the Mayor of London and the London Wildlife Trust. Arup is a technical partner of the Wild West End and provides technical advice and support to all the partners. The Crown Estate kick started Wild West End with the London Ecology Masterplan, encouraging other West End property businesses to work on their own masterplans to expand the project. Ultimately, Wild West End will create an extensive network of green stepping stones which form connections between the large areas of parkland, and which are already key natural features of the overall environment in the West End.
The fundamental target of this Masterplan is the greening of the portfolio. By selecting those species of trees, shrubs and flowers with known ecological benefits to be planted, the rooftops, walls, and the streets of the portfolio will encourage a range of wildlife species into the centre of London. The Masterplan shall target the planting of UK native species, where possible, to confer as great a benefit as possible to London’s biodiversity. Non-native species shall be selected where they provide a known ecological benefit such as nectar for invertebrates, or seeds and berries for birds.