The Landscape Institute will have a significant presence at next month’s Ecobuild sustainable construction event at London’s ExCel exhibition centre.

Entrance to Ecobuild last year

It includes a Green Infrastructure Partnership seminar session supported by Defra and DCLG, taking place on Wednesday 6 March, at Room 33 at the South Gallery.

Trees ‘n’ Water, which takes place at 12.30pm will be chaired by LI president Sue Illman. The session comprises the presentation ‘The urban forest: critical infrastructure for cities of the future‘, from Jim Smith, urban forestry advisor at the Forestry Commission, and ‘Introducing new technical guidance: Integrated Soft SuDS in Urban Environments, from Illman, who is representing the LI and partners RTPI, CIHT and ICE.

She will also speak on the afternoon of 6 March, at the conference session ‘Water sensitive urban design’, hosted by Celeste Morgan, director of sustainability at Aecom. Taking place in the mezzanine at 2.45pm, this event also includes Professor Tony Wong, chief executive officer at the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities.

At 4.30pm, Illman will chair the session ‘Water regulations, planning controls and design strategies, part of the Water, waste and materials seminar stream, in Seminar Room 9. She will speak on the topic of design strategies for effective delivery, and will be joined by Rachael Donovan and John Rumble from Hertfordshire Country Council, one of the driest counties in the UK, who will examine the role of local authorities and the importance of integrated water management. Professor Richard Ashley, professor of urban water at the University of Bradford, will explain national policy, national standards; ‘what we have and what we need’.

On Thursday (7 March), the LI’s director of policy and communications, Paul Lincoln, will chair the seminar session ‘Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) – putting the business case into practice – A masterclass with Professor Tony Wong. Taking place at 10.30 in Seminar Room 10, the session also includes Aecom’s Celeste Morgan, delivering a UK case study ‘Building a business case for large-scale water recycling and SuDS in Cambridge, and ‘How water is shaping our future cities, from Peter Wilder, of Wilder Associates.

Also taking place at 10.30, in the Better through BIM stream, LI chief executive Alastair McCapra is chairing the session ‘Beyond the Building – BIM and landscape design. Taking place in Seminar Room 2, this session includes: ‘Sharing your data within a BIM managed project, from Martyn Horne, product development manager at Vectorworks; and Why your BIM project needs a landscape architect and what you will be missing if you don’t use one, from Key Traffic System’s sales and marketing director Mike Shilton –  in addition to Alastair’s presentation Utilising BIM for successful landscape architecture, improving biodiversity and reducing environmental impacts.

The LI’s stands (S1838 and S1838) will launch a new position statement and accompanying exhibition on Strategic Green Infrastructure. For more information on Ecobuild and to register to attend, visit the website.


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