Meridian Water: A collaborative approach to sustainability

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Foreground programme, Meridian Water, UKGBC,

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has partnered with Enfield Council, to accelerate radical solutions for the delivery of sustainability on large regeneration schemes

The UKGBC Foreground programme will bring together a wide array of businesses, policy-makers, not-for-profits and universities to examine how to turn these ambitions into reality on the 10,000-home, 25-year Meridian Water regeneration project.

The Foreground programme is funded by EIT Climate-KIC.

The team anticipates in-depth exploration of themes such as innovative approaches to finance and value; procuring for radical outcomes; and innovations in community engagement and governance.

The programme will look beyond just one scheme, to produce a ‘Playbook’, designed to support leadership on large-scale development or regeneration schemes across the country.

This is likely to be particularly useful for knowledge-sharing across local authority and the public sector, but should also be widely applicable to private sector clients.

A thriving local economy

Enfield council leader, Nesil Caliskan, said: “We are absolutely committed to providing sustainable solutions to major projects and I’m genuinely excited about the prospect of this partnership with the UK Green Building Council.

“This partnership will help contribute toward our goal of making the council carbon neutral by 2030 and the borough carbon neutral by 2040.”

John Alker, director of policy and places at UKGBC, said: “There is no longer a debate as to why we should strive for zero-carbon, circular and environmentally regenerative outcomes on major new development schemes.

“The challenge is how we deliver this in practice, in a way that strengthens communities and supports a thriving local economy.

“We are looking forward to exploring radical approaches to address this challenge through a genuinely collaborative process, one which we intend to be of value not just for Enfield Council, but for any local authority with a commitment to sustainability leadership.”

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