Delivering and monitoring blue-green infrastructure

Join our inaugural virtual conference exploring the role of blue-green infrastructure in green recovery.

Blue-green infrastructure is the multi-functional green and blue spaces in and around settlements. It makes places and spaces better for people and nature, and enables both to be more resilient to an uncertain future.

The benefits of blue-green infrastructure are recognised and requirements for their delivery are written into government policy; but the question is how to practically maximise the opportunities for the delivery of these benefits.

At this time of change, it is important to reflect on the value of blue-green infrastructure, the mechanisms that will mainstream its delivery, and how its upkeep should be monitored. CIRIA has brought together experts to share their knowledge and experience in an online conference. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the challenges faced and how they can be overcome by creating a vision for the future of blue-green infrastructure in high-quality place making and place keeping.

Why attend
Understand how opportunity can support national policy
Debate how we can mainstream blue-green infrastructure
Be inspired by visionary blue-green infrastructure projects
Discover how investment in blue-green infrastructure will effect positive change
and help to build back better
Understand the importance of monitoring blue-green infrastructure to demonstrate
and maintain its value
Earn valuable CPD

Who should attend
LGA members
Asset managers - designers
Local authority, policy makers
Planners and flood risk managers
Planning, regeneration, parks, highways, public health
SuDS officers
Water and sewerage companies
Consulting engineers
Environmental specialists
Architects and landscape architects
Developers involved in both residential and commercial development.
Anyone with an interest in environment, biodiversity or blue-green infrastructure
Supply chain

Thursday 15 October 2020
09:30 - 16:30

09:30 Welcome and introduction
Conference Co-Chairs:
Katja Stille, Director, Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design
Robert Huxford, Director, Urban Design Group

09:40 Keynote: Delivering sustainable places for the future with blue-green
Joanna Averley, Chief Planner, Ministry of Housing, Communities and
Local Government

10:00 Delivering blue-green infrastructure in cities and communities
Krista Patrick, Natural Capital Coordinator, Greater Manchester
Combined Authority

Katja Stille, Director, Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design
Peter Massini, Lead – Green Infrastructure, Greater London Authority
Paul Shaffer, Associate, CIRIA

10:50 What does good blue-green infrastructure look like?
Zac Tudor, Principal Landscape Architect, Sheffield City Council

11:15 Interactive workshop: Mainstreaming blue-green infrastructure
There is much talk about the myriad benefits of blue-green infrastructure,
yet delivery is not mainstream across the UK. How can we achieve this?
How can we ensure the great places we make stay that way?
Should blue-green infrastructure be integrated into wider governance
frameworks as a core component?

Discussion Leaders: Sarah Bell, Professor of Environmental Engineering,
The Bartlett: UCL Institute for Environment, Design and Engineering
Clare Warburton, Principal Adviser Green Infrastructure, Strategy and
Government Advice, Natural England

12:05 Report back: Recommendations and solutions to mainstream blue-green
Moderator: Alister Scott, Professor of Environmental Geography,
Northumbria University and Chair, Building with Nature Standards Board

14:10 Evaluating blue-green infrastructure: making the business case
Bruce Horton, Director, Environmental Policy Consulting, Stantec

14:40 Monitoring the impact and value of blue-green infrastructure
Dr Eleanor Starkey, Research Associate in Hydrology, National Green
Infrastructure Facility, School of Engineering, Newcastle University

15:20 Visionary blue-green infrastructure
Dr Mark Fletcher, Global Water Business Leader, Director, Arup

15:50 Expert panel: The future of blue-green infrastructure
David Singleton, Director, DSA Environment & Design
Emily O'Donnell, Research Fellow in Urban Flood Resilience,
School of Geography, University of Nottingham
James Harris, Policy and Networks Manager, Royal Town Planning Institute
Martina Girvan, Technical Director – Head of Ecology and Arboriculture, Arcadis
16:30 Closing remarks
Fees CIRIA members £65 + VAT Non-members £130 + VAT
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15/10/2020 - 15/10/2020
Virtual conference, UNITED KINGDOM

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