Green Networks Integrated Urban Infrastructure - Case Study

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AECOM and Collective Architecture were commissioned to undertake a series of feasibility studies using best practice examples in urban infrastructure, sustainable drainage and inclusive urban planning for six future candidate sites across Local Authority areas in Scotland.

As part of the process, various technical aspects of the sites were investigated to inform the decision-making process and to provide details of constraints and sustainable solutions for the six candidate sites.

The central aim of this project was to produce a holistic design lead approach to masterplanning the six candidate sites. This incorporates an understanding of the existing opportunities and constraints on site and the improvement of the masterplanning process. This was to ensure that the best decisions could be made in the process of developing places where future communities would be able to thrive.

The project utilised a staged approach to understanding the site through the baselining of several existing elements and the consideration of innovative and exemplar approaches for future systems.

A fundamental aspect of the technical support role of this work was the preparation of site specific Surface Water Management Strategies (SWMS). These incorporated concept design, considerations of adoption, maintenance, public amenity and protecting the water environment in both green and brownfield developments. The SWMS has been prepared using WinDES modelling to provide detailed outputs to support the masterplan and strategic proposals.

Masterplanning focused on incorporating the requirements of future development and delivering the required infrastructure whilst looking to minimise the impact on the environment. This enhanced existing green networks and managed water quantity and quality at both a site and catchment scale.

This project aims to highlight the value of exemplar infrastructure as a base to exemplar masterplans.

Key Features

  • Technical Support to Masterplanning
  • Planning Compliance
  • SPP compliance
  • Microdrainage WinDes Modelling
  • Exemplar Design with CIRIA – SUDS Manual

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