Guidance from the LI, published in May, to assist members seeking to be better engaged with infrastructure initiatives has been updated.

Lake Vyrnwy, a well-integrated civil engineering project (Photo Simon Odell, CMLI)

Well-designed and integrated infrastructure which responds to and enhances its surroundings can come to be celebrated for its contribution to the landscape. But the emphasis is on appropriate planning and design design.

Some infrastructure is predominantly underground, potentially limiting the effects it can cause during operation. Other elements can be large and permanent features protruding above the landscape, resulting in potentially widespread effects to the environment and communities. The construction, upgrading and decommissioning of infrastructure can also be disruptive and in the case of very large and complex projects, construction activity may extend over several years.

Integrating other objectives and functionality into infrastructure projects is nothing new but has become ever more important as pressure on space and project finances increases.

In support of this process, Technical Guidance Note 20-4 Infrastructure¬† providing information to members, other professionals, clients, decision makers and stakeholders on the planning, design and management of infrastructure was soft-launched earlier this year. Under the patient leadership of Jon Rooney CMLI, it had been prepared by a group of landscape and other professionals working within the public and private sectors, supporting the delivery of major infrastructure projects in the UK and endorsed by the LI’s Technical Committee in the week ending 24th May 2020.

Some updates to the guidance have been made and a revised version has now been published; please use the latest version.

Simon Odell CMLI


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