Green Infrastructure Plan for Liverpool Knowledge Quarter

Liverpool KQ - Cooling Down
Liverpool KQ - Cooling Down
Liverpool Cathedral Gardens
Liverpool Cathedral Gardens
Liverpool KQ - Garden in the City
Liverpool KQ - Garden in the City
Liverpool KQ - Health Zones
Liverpool KQ - Health Zones
Project date
01.06.2009
Type
  • Green Infrastructure
Location
North West England
Clients
Liverpool City Council
Associated team members
Associated documents

In recent years, thinking on green infrastructure has moved from ecology to economics. Resources such as urban parks, street trees and their ecosystems are seen as critical for sustainable economic growth and social goals, not just a way of supporting wildlife and 'the environment'.

Amongst other benefits, they can contribute to urban cooling (saving energy), to slowing rainfall run-off (reducing flood risk), to air filtration (improving health) and to visual amenity (attracting investment).  All of these help make the strong business case for ‘GI’.

Liverpool Knowledge Quarter can become a living laboratory, a learning landscape for testing and demonstrating the role of Green Infrastructure in urban regeneration. In recognition of this potential, Liverpool's Knowledge Quarter has been selected as a Green Infrastructure case study by Natural Economy Northwest, a partnership between the Northwest Development Agency, Natural England and the SITA Trust. URBED have been advising Liverpool Vision and Mersey Forest on the application of ‘Green Infrastructure’ to this complex inner city setting.