Sustainability

The environmental impact and sustainability of new places and developments, including energy efficiency, carbon reduction and greening..

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Analysis: How local authorities are stepping in to tackle declining shopping centres

Analysis: How local authorities are stepping in to tackle declining shopping centres

Councils are having to take the lead in town centre regeneration as retail declines, and that can involve making some tough decisions about shopping centres, Josephine Smit finds.

 

Review: Civic quarter regeneration

Review: Civic quarter regeneration

Regeneration of Lambeth's civic quarter creates a less intimidating public realm, and new sympathetic uses have been found for some historic buildings, writes Genevieve Hayes.

Advice: Maximising the benefits of trees in development

Advice: Maximising the benefits of trees in development

There are strong environmental imperatives for including more trees in developments, but it is important to get the location and planting right, finds Ben Kochan.

Review: Creating an attractive and safe cycle route in outer London

Review: Creating an attractive and safe cycle route in outer London

New cycle lanes have been accompanied by imaginative public realm improvements in a project carried out as part of Transport for London's Mini-Holland initiative, writes Ian Hingley.

Opinion: Floods problem requires smart thinking

Opinion: Floods problem requires smart thinking

Last month's serious floods, affecting large areas in the north of England, have put the issue of development on the flood plain back in the news.

Coming up: Green light for Oxford homes and employment district

Coming up: Green light for Oxford homes and employment district

Oxford college's development company wins backing for Oxford North innovation district, including 480 homes and employment space.

Opinion: It's time to view economic development differently

Opinion: It's time to view economic development differently

That means looking at growth and inclusion through the lens of sustainability, rather than continuing to pursue growth at all costs, writes Mark Lynam.

Advice: How to integrate green roofs and walls into new development

Advice: How to integrate green roofs and walls into new development

Green roofs and walls can help improve the environment and quality of life for residents, but to maximise the benefits, they need to be planned as part of the green infrastructure, writes Ben Kochan.

Analysis: The return of green housebuilding policy

Analysis: The return of green housebuilding policy

Almost five years after the Code for Sustainable Homes was ended, sustainable housebuilding is back on the government's policy agenda, writes Josephine Smit.

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