King's Cross public realm lead to share green infrastructure lessons at flagship Healthy Design, Healthy Places conference

Ken Trew, senior project manager at top UK property developer Argent will join this November's Healthy Design, Healthy Places conference to share insights from the King's Cross regeneration project where quality public realm is helping to deliver the scheme's commercial objectives.

The 27-hectare site is one of the UK’s biggest regeneration opportunities - with more than 40% allocated for public open space including parks, squares, gardens, an urban nature reserve and even a natural swimming pond.  

Developer partner Argent is known for bringing schemes to life early with its landscaping. Says Trew: "We find future investors in buildings don’t get plans and models. This works well for investors, the public and the local authority." But early landscape installation brings practical challenges which will be addressed by Trew alongside other learnings such as the benefit of ongoing partnerships with designers, and the continuity benefit of using the same contractors for installation and maintenance.

The Healthy Design, Healthy Places conference, jointly hosted by Horticulture Week with the creators of World Architecture News and Planning for Housing, is all about how the technical and other challenges of increasing the amount of green infrastructure in new developments can be resolved to meet the growing demand for healthier places to work and live.

Chaired by London Legacy Development Corporation executive director of park and venues, Mark Camley, delegates will:

  • Learn from practical hands-on case studies 
  • Hear from experts on the latest evidence that can demonstrate the health & wellbeing benefits of incorporating living plants into design
  • Understand from a leading residential property agent, the potential financial impact on property values of incorporating green infrastructure 
  • Gain practical insights from technical experts on new solutions to installation and maintenance challenges of green design
  • Join the discussion on retro-greening and share your views on how to revitalise urban areas

The stellar speaker line-up also includes Mehron Kirk, landscape architecture director at BDP, currently working on the City of Westminster’s Green Spine Project, Ed Suttie, research director, Building Research Establishment who is leading a major industry study into the benefits of biophilic design and Ewan Oliver, public realm development manager for leading property company LendLease, currently redeveloping London's Elephant & Castle area. 

A moderated speed networking session will help delegates make the most of what will be an exceptional networking opportunity. 

For full details about the Healthy Design, Healthy Places event and to book your place at the conference click here.

For more on the King's Cross landscaping which earned landscape contractor Willerby Landscapes a BALI Grand Award, click here. 


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