The growing realisation is that to become resilient to climate change, we need to work with water using natural approaches to both supplement and, in many cases, replace the conventional engineered approach. McCloy Consulting have been advocating natural water management through our designs, providing training, writing guidance and policy over the last 15 years.
Due to its multifaceted nature Green Infrastructure (GI) and Blue Infrastructure (BI) has been defined in numerous ways; we see it as;
“A network of natural places and systems in, around and beyond urban areas that conserves natural ecosystem values and functions, sustains and provides cleaning of air and water, provides natural flood resilience, aligned wide an array of amenity benefits to people and biodiversity benefits for wildlife.”
We consider ways to integrate blue and green infrastructure to maximise flood resilience, improvement of water quality and drive community engagement through the creation of more visually interesting and usable spaces. We utilise the synergies between SuDS and Blue Infrastructure to maximise the potential of each scheme.