David Moores and David Pope host CIHT presentations
On Tuesday 20 February two members of our staff gave CIHT presentations at our Holford Yard, London office. The evening saw around 20 attendees and some really interesting discussions take place.
David Moores, our Technical Director for Public Realm, presented on ‘Green infrastructure and the benefits of existing and proposed small-scale highway’. His presentation was very informative and covered areas such as autonomous vehicles and how they can influence a greener future and the value of trees for cleaner air, including a case study of Bridgend reporting some fascinating data such as in the area 439,000 tress (12% urban tree coverage) could remove 61 tonnes of airborne pollutants each year which would save more than £179,000 in damages. David gave a host of examples of retro fitted green infrastructure schemes including Talbot Road (Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea) and Percival Triangle (London Borough of Islington).
David Pope, Principal Landscape Architect, gave a presentation on ‘Improving air quality through low level planting and SuDS’ and opened the floor up for a discussion on air quality. His presentation was well received and well put together with interesting graphics, images and stats, such as ‘Summer 2007 flooding cost UK insurers £3.2 billion’ and ‘DEFRA’s 2012 UK Climate Change Risk Assessment estimates average annual cost between £1.6 and £6.8 billion by 2050’.
David said: “Highways professionals are key to implementing Green and Blue Infrastructure in the public highway. I was therefore delighted to be able to talk to CIHT members about the potential to introduce such measures, and I hope that the simple examples I presented can help to inspire the change that we all need to see happen.”
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