Biodiversity and the Built Environment

Biodiversity and the Built Environment

Integrating biodiversity into the built environment is an ever more important element of sustainable design. Policy guidance directs planning authorities to expect biodiversity benefit in new developments. Where space is at a premium the fabric of the built environment itself can be used to make cost-effective gains for biodiversity.

Brown and green roofs

Baker Shepherd Gillespie provides detailed ecological design advice for green and brown roofs. We were instrumental in the design and creation of two landmark projects: a large, species-rich, calcareous grassland roof on a visitor centre in Derbyshire, and a biodiverse brown roof on the Woolwich Arsenal building in London. The Woolwich Arsenal roof, one of the largest in the capital, attained the Biodiversity Award at the Sustain Magazine Awards 2010.

We continue to invest resources into monitoring the development of these roofs – the data gathered will be used to inform evolutionary design measures for future projects.

Sustainable drainage systems

We provide regular advice on the ecological design of features within sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) as part of our input to environmental impact assessments and masterplanning projects.

BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes

Assessment under BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH) has now become a central requirement of many developments and we are working throughout the UK on many BREEAM and CfSH schemes for a wide variety of clients. We have been successfully involved in several BREEAM schemes recently, particularly those involving publicly-funded buildings, where ecology credits have been of fundamental importance to a scheme’s funding. Our senior staff are suitably qualified ecologists for BREEAM and CfSH assessments and are members of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (IEEM).

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