The GCV Green Network Partnership has developed an approach called Integrating Green Infrastructure (IGI) which seeks to add value to and contribute towards the success of new development and areas undergoing regeneration.
Application of the IGI approach will contribute significantly towards the design and delivery of better places and the placemaking agenda with benefits including more liveable places which engender healthier lifestyles and improved quality of life.
The IGI approach is based on the premise that Green Infrastructure is one of five fundamental infrastructures, along with transport, energy, water and waste, which combine to deliver a successful place and as such it should be considered in the design process from the outset.
The key components which contribute to the successful delivery of IGI are: surface water management, access networks, habitat networks and multi-functional open space. An important fifth element is the early consideration of how these GI components will be managed and maintained sustainably over the long-term.
The IGI approach has been established and demonstrated through the development of 6 Design Studies which applied a holistic approach to Masterplanning based on hydrological and spatial analysis of the sites in a wider geographical context.
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