Groundwork London in partnership with Hammersmith & Fulham Council has been working with local residents to design and implement climate change adaptation measures on three housing estates, making them fit for the future.
Take a closer look at the climate proofing adaptations we've implemented on Queen Caroline Estate and Cyril Thatcher, Richard Knight and Eric Macdonald Houses with our 360 tour of the two sites.
Climate scientists predict that climate change is likely to mean more winter flooding and summer heat waves in the UK. London needs to be prepared and adapt in order to minimise the impact extreme weather events will have on both the environment and on people's lives.
Our Climate Proofing Housing Landscapes programme aims to demonstrate that urban housing estates can play an important part in adapting our cities to cope better with climate change, primarily by implementing water sensitive urban design measures on the estates.
We are achieving this by:
- Implementing affordable, light-engineering retrofitting solutions in green spaces, to help ease environmental impacts such as flooding and heat waves – a model that can be replicated in cities across Europe.
- Creating training and employment opportunities for apprentices to carry out some of the adaptation work and for housing and grounds maintenance contractors to learn how to maintain these measures and to replicate them elsewhere.
- Working alongside residents to give them the opportunity to shape the open space improvments on their estates and to promote awareness about the implications of climate change for London and Londoners and the actions residents can take themselves to contribute to adaptation.
Why Housing Estates?Housing estates present an important opportunity to create new green walls, rain gardens (sustainable urban drainage) and green roofs – all of which help to reduce the risk of flooding and help cool the city during summer heatwaves.
Discover more about our pilot sites on the project website - www.urbanclimateproofing.london.
Get Involved As the project progresses we'll be inviting residents, practitioners and the general public to be part of the project and learn from our experiences. Follow us on Twitter @GroundworkLON #urbanclimateproofing
Check out the project's Tumblr blog.
For more information please contact Daniel Brittle on 020 7922 1230
Funding and support from the European Commission’s LIFE+ Programme has made this project possible. LIFE+ is the EC's financial instrument supporting the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental policy and legislation by co-financing pilot or demonstration projects with European added value.