We are preparing a detailed landscaping plan to accompany the planning application. The aim is to create a unique science park location in a high-quality landscaped setting. It will include green space, water features, extensive landscaping and planting.
Some of the features of the landscaping plan include:
A detailed planting strategy includes substantial use of trees throughout to provide an opportunity for carbon capture, habitat creation and a net gain in biodiversity. This will also provide health and wellbeing benefits for future occupants and will contribute to the wider green infrastructure, creating a wildlife corridor.
The drainage strategy and the movement of water through the site has been a key design consideration. The site layout incorporates sustainable drainage features including a rain garden and marshes. Permeable paving will be used and the movement of water across the site has informed the design proposals.
Phase 1 of BHIC is targeting a BREEAM Excellent rating, going above and beyond standard practice to demonstrate a holistic approach to sustainability. A key sustainability measure being undertaken is the reduction of both construction and operational carbon. A Life Cycle Assessment of the carbon associated with the building and landscaping has been undertaken, and ways to reduce the carbon at construction stage are being considered. Furthermore, the operational carbon is being reduced using the ‘fabric first approach’, which ensures that the energy demand of the building is reduced through high quality building fabric, maximisation of daylight and specification of highly efficient, low carbon emitting air source heat pumps.
Other sustainable measures include specification of water saving appliances which will reduce water consumption of the building and its occupants by approximately 25%, and a soft landscaping scheme which contributes to the protection of local species, health and wellbeing of building occupants, and the site’s flood risk prevention strategy.