Arup teams with city and university to improve implementation in region

Newcastle to research green infrastructure best practice

Arup has teamed up with Newcastle University, the University of the West of England and Newcastle City Council on a £110,000 project that will investigate new ways of implementing green infrastructure (GI) schemes in cities.

By looking at GI schemes from around the world, including data from Arup's New York, London and Melbourne office, researchers will seek to bring best-practice knowledge to the North East.

The team will build on research already under way in Newcastle, such as the £1.4m Blue-GreenCities project looking at how ponds and lakes alongside green roofs and walls can be used to manage flood risk across the city, and the £10m investment in urban water research in the UK Collaboration for Research in Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC) consortium.

Dr David Hetherington, water research leader at Arup, who is managing the project, said: 'The benefits in creating greener and healthier places to live and work in are clear. Implementing innovative green infrastructure can reduce flood risk, help to regulate temperature, reduce winds, naturally cleanse water and air, improve habitat and biodiversity and improve the look and feel of towns and cities.

'A really exciting aspect of this project is that it will help us to understand how we pay for GI and implement it as a society. This project provides us with a great opportunity to share the great work that has been done locally in Newcastle whilst benefiting locally from a global research project.'

The project is funded by Arup, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Economic Social Research Council (ESRC). Research work started in October and is expected to run until June 2016, when additional funding will be sought to develop it further.

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