EUGIC 2019 Green Infrastructure Tour

EUGIC 2019 London Green Infrastructure Tour

10.00am – 4.00pm Friday 12 April 2019

Morning: Visit to Here East biodiverse biosolar roof & sites in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford

Travel via Canary Wharf Jubilee Line station’s green roof to

Afternoon: Kidbrooke Village & Sutcliffe Park, Royal Borough of Greenwich

The tour will be led by Gary Grant CEnv, FCIEEM, Director of the Green Infrastructure Consultancy

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10.00am – 12.30pm Here East biodiverse biosolar roof & sites in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park


The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (QEOP) was created from derelict post-industrial land as the setting for the 2012 London OIympic and Paralympic Games. As well as providing a show-ground and convenient location for the various venues, it was always the intention to create a permanent new regional park for the large-scale redevelopment in this area of east London.

The creation of the QEOP provided an opportunity to decontaminate the soils and restore more natural river banks to the River Lea. Large numbers of trees were planted, along with wetland features, swales and new pedestrian and cycling routes.

A condition of the planning permission granted for the Games and Legacy, was a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP), which set targets for the creation of wildlife habitat in all development within and around the Park.

One effect of the BAP was that biodiverse extensive green roofs were, and continue to be, created so that the target for creating habitat to mitigate for the loss of brownfield habitat can be met.

2.00pm – 4.00pm Kidbrooke Village & Sutcliffe Park

Sutcliffe Park was originally a conventional landscape of amenity grassland with the River Quaggy running beneath the park in a concrete culvert.

In the early 2000s, the park was remodelled, restoring the river as meandering stream through the central area of the park. The land was also graded to allow the river to flood across the park in times of heavy rainfall.


The park is now a haven for wildlife and significantly helps store flood water, thus helping to protect properties downstream, especially in Lewisham which suffered from serious flooding in the 20th Century.

Kidbrooke Village is a new development by Berkeley Homes that is in the process of being completed.

The original Ferrier Estate was demolished and the new buildings have a range of green roofs: green roofs designed for biodiversity and intensive green roofs designed as parks for residents.

The ground level landscape has been improved to encourage biodiversity and a series of water features helps with stormwater management. 

Gary Grant, CEnv FIEEM Director of the Green Infrastructure Consultancy

Gary Grant

Gary is a consultant ecologist, Chartered Environmentalist, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, Director of the Green Infrastructure Consultancy, thesis tutor at The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London, and author of Green Roofs and Facades (BRE Press 2006), Ecosystem Services Come to Town – Greening cities by working with nature (Wiley 2012) and The Water Sensitive City (Wiley 2016).

Projects include the London Olympic Park Biodiversity Action Plan, Green Walls at the Rubens at the Palace Hotel London, Whitehill-Bordon Eco Town, Lend Lease HQ Roof Garden, Westfield living wall, Natural History Museum Wildlife Garden, Education City, Qatar and Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi.

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