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Greener Grangetown, Abergele

23 March, 2017 | 18:30 - 20:00

Venue address:

The Kinmel Hotel and Spa
St George Road
LL22 9AS
United Kingdom
Greener Grangetown artistic impression.
Greener Grangetown artistic impression.

About this event

Greener Grangetown is sustainable drainage scheme under construction in an existing urban area of Cardiff, South Wales. The design maximises the use of green infrastructure to future proof the drainage network; providing climate change resilience whilst also delivering enhanced public spaces, promoting sustainable travel, and improving ecology.

The integrated approach to the drainage design stems from a unique collaborative funding structure and has continued through community and stakeholder engagement. Public consultation involved the residents in the design of their streets, and in parallel with continued engagement and education is encouraging a behavioural change towards sustainable living.

This presentation will firstly provide some background to the scheme, but will then focus on the journey through detailed civil and landscape design into construction. The project has involved a number of design groups working collaboratively to ensure the end product generates a full, diverse range of benefits. The design team were able to reflect on previous projects, picking out key lessons learnt and ensuring the drainage systems are as effective and appealing as possible.

The presentation will also pick up on many of the technical challenges faced in retrofitting green infrastructure into an existing city centre environment, and how these challenges have been overcome.

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Catherine Wenger (West Water team leader, Arup)

Catherine is an Associate Director leading the eighty strong West Water team. From the four regional offices; Belfast, Cardiff, Newport and Bristol, the group delivers projects throughout the water cycle from water resources schemes through to water treatment. As group leader her responsibilities focus on ensuring the team is well motivated, trained and equipped to deliver innovative solutions through fully integrated design.

She is also a member of the Arup's Water Executive which sets the Business Objectives, Research Direction and aspirations for the Water Business in the UK, Middle East and Africa, and is a fellow if the ICE.

Chris Ellis (Water Engineer, Arup)

Chris is a Civil Engineer at Arup based in the Cardiff Office. Since joining Arup in 2012 he has gained experience on a range of projects across the water cycle working collaboratively with clients including Government Bodies, Local Authorities, and Water Companies.

Chris has developed experience in Green Infrastructure and Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) through involvement in successful projects in Llanelli, Bristol, and Cardiff. He has been leading the design of the Greener Grangetown project since 2014, with involvement in initial concept design and public consultation through to the detailed design and construction support.