Dan Sterry, Urban Vision’s Landscape Architecture and Urban Design Group Leader, gives an insight into a newly formed and collaborative Green Infrastructure team.
What is the Green Infrastructure team responsible for?
The Green Infrastructure Team is made up of Landscape Architects, Highway Engineers and Drainage Engineers and are responsible for the design and delivery of tree planting and sustainable drainage solutions in the external environment. It includes the integration of street trees, green walls, green roofs, rain gardens and sustainable drainage systems that brings greenery to an area but at the same time allows natural retention and infiltration that minimises water wastage.
How many people are in the team?
At any time, there will be one of us from each of the three teams mentioned, but we are an interchangeable team so it won’t necessarily be the same people all the time.
Describe a typical day in the Green Infrastructure team, if there is one?
The Green Infrastructure team can typically be engaging in a wide range of activities throughout the design and delivery process including review of topography and existing drainage, specification of trees to benefit the specific site, developing planting plans for rain gardens, detailing drainage solutions, calculating capacity benefits reviewing highway alignments, detailing bespoke elements whilst interfacing with the wider design, client and construction teams to ensure coordination.
What are the key projects you’re working on at the moment?
Urban Vision have just completed New Bailey Gateway, East Ordsall Lane and Carpino Place, whilst also progressing technical detail design for Chapel Street East and Bloom Street.
What is the proudest moment for your team in 2017/18?
Any moment working together on Green Infrastructure is a proud moment – who wouldn’t be proud in taking steps to enhance and develop the environment we live in for now and future generations.
Tell us something that people may not know about the Green Infrastructure team?
Green Infrastructure is kind of like a computer, you see the pretty stuff on the top however there is a whole bunch of technical stuff that happens below ground.
What are the challenges that your team face?
The biggest challenge is changing perception of all involved from client to contractor – they think it’s just tree planting and drainage – but it’s so much more. From environmental enhancements to the health benefits, these simple design choices and understanding will be a legacy for us all.